Logistics Apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship Difference

To apply, click the APPLY TODAY link below to view the PDF application. Once the PDF opens, find the "Download PDF" option at the top right of your browser or cell phone to save the file to your computer or phone. Then open the file with your computer PDF viewer and fill in the fields or print it out to fill in.E-mail completed PDF to: Joe Guty at jguty@yourgoodwill.org 
If you have any issues or questions, please email jguty@yourgoodwill.org.


The shortage of skilled workers is having a profound impact on the logistics industry as businesses strive to meet their complex supply chain challenges. Apprenticeship programs are an effective solution to help address this issue.

Different from other work-based training programs, apprenticeships enable new and existing hires to become part of your workforce, earn wages while in training, and receive a combination of classroom learning and on-the-job training. At the same time, apprenticeships help businesses develop highly skilled employees, increase productivity and retention, and lower the cost of recruitment.

Logistics Technician Apprenticeship

Sponsored by Goodwill Keystone Area, the Logistics Technician Apprenticeship is an 18-month program that provides workers with training to master competencies that will enhance their skills and knowledge of the logistics industry. In partnership with a credentialed education provider, the apprenticeship blends both in-person and virtual classroom instruction and real-world training to prepare employees to take on the challenges of a growing industry.

Consider the Benefits

  • Address needed competencies
  • Increase worker productivity
  • Reduce onboarding costs
  • Improve retention rates
  • Build skilled-labor pipeline
  • Enjoy strong partnerships

How It Works

  • 272 hours of classroom instruction and e-learning by Goodwill logistics trainer and credentialed education provider includes hard- and soft-skills training and OSHA certification.
  • Goodwill provides a logistics trainer who works with the apprentice for the 18-month, 3,048-hour program. The logistics trainer both provides and coordinates related technical instruction with a certified education provider, identifies and eliminates barriers to success, and serves as a liaison between the employer and apprentice.
  • On-the-job training provides hands-on opportunities for apprentices to further develop their logistics skills. Mentors identified from your team will demonstrate competencies and oversee the apprentice with help from the Goodwill logistics trainer.

Each apprentice who completes the program is credentialed as a Logistics Technician Journeyperson by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, which is recognized nationally.

Related Technical Instruction (RTI)

The related instruction courses offered through the certified education provider may include:

  • Customs
  • Dispatch and Tracking Operations
  • First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Global Supply Chain and the Logistics Environment
  • Intro to Computers, Word, Excel and Basic Math
  • OSHA 10
  • Quality Control, Product Receiving and Product Storing
  • Safe Equipment Handling and Material Handling Equipment

The program also includes soft-skills training – a highly sought-after pre-requisite in today’s logistics industry. All apprentices receive 160 hours of training that focus on interpersonal skills, communication skills, teamwork and collaboration, adaptability, problem-solving, critical observation and conflict resolution.

Employer Responsibilities

  • Agree to open slot(s) for apprenticeship
  • Identify team members to serve as mentors
  • Provide feedback and assessment of apprentice’s progress
  • Identify a career path forward and wage progression as the apprentice masters competencies

On-The-Job Competencies

Utilizing the daily activities in your warehouse, apprentices will be trained by mentors on the following competencies:

  • Forklift Certification 50 hours
  • Truck Driving 175 hours
  • Distribution and Orientation 500 hours
  • Forklift and Fleet Maintenance 500 hours
  • Logistics and Scheduling 500 hours
  • Warehouse Safety 500 hours
  • Electronic Warehouse Management System 550 hours


Joe Guty at jguty@yourgoodwill.org