From April 24-26, 2012 nearly 300 professionals from transportation, labor and education met in Washington D.C. to share best practices in identifying 21st century workforce needs and increase collaborative approaches to advancing the field and develop a national framework to guide policy and resource development for the future.
Objective of the summit included:
- Foster a national dialog on the needs and solutions for and development of the transportation workforce in the U.S.
- Promote greater visibility for transportation careers in industry, government, and academia.
- Address key workforce challenges: recruit and retain qualified personnel; fill current and future workforce shortages; define competencies for a high-performing workforce now and for the future; identify and close gaps in workforce training and education.
- Identify administrative and legislative actions required at Federal and State levels to institutionalize effective workforce policies and programs.
- Establish a National Transportation Strategic Framework and adopt a coordinated plan to identify and manage joint actions by the industry, Federal, State and Local transportation and education agencies, and transportation professional organizations that will link workforce needs to workforce development policies and programs.
The scope of the summit includes the workforce for all modes of transportation and the training sources for that workforce.
The Summit was comprised of general plenary sessions as well as interactive break-out sessions on specific workforce issues and concerns. Each break-out session produced a written report on the issues, findings, conclusions, and recommendations resulting from small group discussions. These reports were used as a basis to prepare a strategic action plan.
The scope of the effort was broad, including all of the major modes and all of the educational levels and sources, as defined in the following matrix:
Facility Owners / Consultants (plan, design, operate) Construction / Maintenance Contractors Transit Operators Truckers Freight Railroads Maritime Aviation / Aerospace
K-12 Occupational Training (Driver schools & similar) Apprenticeships Tech Schools / Community Colleges University - Hard Science (engineering, computer sciences, environmental sciences) University - Social Science (planning, public admin, law, policy) Continuous Learning
Facility Owners / Consultants (plan, design, operate)
Construction / Maintenance Contractors
Aviation / Aerospace
Participating organizations consisted of the following: 1) Organizations that provided funding were invited to participate on the Steering Committee, 2) Organizations that provided content guidance and development support served on the Planning Committee; and 3) Organizations represented by Summit attendees. Summit attendees included but were not limited to: individual university representatives, private firms, state agencies and transit organizations.
The Steering Committee, outlined above was responsible for the overall design of the Transportation Workforce Summit, its goals and products. It was assisted in developing the program by the larger Planning Committee. Together they were responsible for soliciting speakers, issuing a call for papers and publicizing the effort. Members of both committees also served as “deep listeners” throughout the break-out sessions and participated in the workshop session on the final day.
The National Transportation Workforce Summit solicited sponsors demonstrating financial and technical commitment to the effort. The following levels were used to determine sponsorships:
$5,000 Silver Level Sponsor
$10,000 Gold Level Sponsor
$15,000 Platinum Level Sponsor
This fund was used partially to subsidize the registration fee for all attendees and to support scholarships for participants and speakers who were otherwise unable to attend. It was also used to cover staff time associated with planning the event, a Transportation Workforce Summit website, proceedings, and publication of the workshop products.
Summit sponsors were given the option to serve on the Steering Committee and/or participate on the Planning Committee.
Complimentary registrations were provided to sponsoring organizations. The number of complimentary registrations was based on the level of support.