New initiative aims to train thousands of unemployed workers for in-demand logistics jobs

Harper College has launched a free training program with Prologis Inc., the global leader in logistics real estate, designed to provide rapid skills training for workers in the Chicago region for careers in transportation, distribution and logistics sectors.

With demand for skilled logistics workers at an all-time high, training can help job candidates learn more about the industry and position them for success. Developed in partnership with JFF (Jobs for the Future), a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems, the new online curriculum will help job candidates learn fundamentals of e-commerce, supply chain and inventory management, safety, and other key skills required for logistics careers.     

“As workers face an unprecedented and historic employment crisis, there’s a heightened need for short-term training programs that prepare individuals for new opportunities,” said Cristina Willard, manager of Continuing Professional Education at Harper College. “This collaboration with the local logistics sector delivers timely, free training to help workers find their next career step and develop in-demand technical and professional skills.”

The need for skilled logistics workers has never been greater, driven by consumers shopping online. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the logistics industry is expected to grow by 4.8% in Illinois from 2018 to 2028.

The online Prologis Warehousing and Distribution Program provides self-paced, 30- to 45-minute courses that can be taken via a mobile app or on a computer and are designed to be accessible for adults of all ages and education levels. Additional training is available in professional skills, such as communication, and career development skills, such as resume-building and interviewing.

The Chicago region is one of seven communities selected by Prologis and JFF to offer the online training and connect interested workers with regional employment opportunities in the industry.

“At a time when millions of Americans are struggling to find work, the logistics industry can provide a stepping stone to stable employment and long-term career opportunities,” said Steven Hussain, director of community workforce programs at Prologis. This new initiative is focused on creating an accelerated pathway to careers in logistics while addressing hiring demand for the fastest growing employers in the region.”

For more information on this initiative and to get started with training today, please visit logisticscareers.prologis.com. Additional information can be found on the Harper College Continuing Professional Education website at harpercollege.edu/pro, by emailing rapid_skill@harpercollege.edu, or calling 847-925-6770.