Logistics Apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship Difference

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 Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), the apprenticeship blends 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 through HACC; includes hard- and soft-skills training
  • Goodwill provides a logistics trainer who works with the apprentice for the 18-month, 3,048-hour program. The logistics trainer coordinates related instruction with HACC, 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 a Goodwill logistics trainer.

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

Related Instruction

The related instruction courses offered through HACC 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 he 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

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jennifer Diaz, VP Mission Advancement and Communication, Goodwill Keystone Area
jdiaz@yourgoodwill.org
717.232.1831