The Transportation Learning Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public transportation at the national level and within communities. To accomplish this mission, the Center builds labor-management training partnerships that improve organizational performance, expand workforce knowledge, skills and abilities, and promote career advancement.
Statement of Purpose
The Transportation Learning Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public transportation by committed investment at the national and local levels in frontline technical workers. We facilitate, lead and support activities that benefit all stakeholders in public transportation, through:
• Labor-management partnerships that create high-quality workforce training programs leading to high-performance organizations based in collaborations that support employee voice, engagement and commitment;
• Cutting-edge research and evaluation of human capital investment and its outcomes in public transportation;
• National training standards created through joint labor-management industry consortia that improve organizational performance, advance workers’ skills, knowledge and abilities and ensure safe, efficient and well-maintained public transportation systems that drive and serve high consumer demand for public transport options;
• Career ladder programs that create opportunities for incumbent workers to advance through training and education;
• Career pathways into public transportation jobs that provide living wages and benefits, with an emphasis on access to those jobs and continuing education and training for young people and men and women from disadvantaged populations served by public transportation;
• Greener work processes that create more sustainable communities.
Center Presents on Standard-Based Training and Apprenticeship for Frontline Technicians at NTI Conf.
Posted April 2014
Seventeen people representing transit agencies and community colleges attended the Center’s March 31 workshop on Standards-based Training and Apprenticeship for Frontline Technicians at the Transit Trainers Workshop sponsored by the National Transit Institute in Long Beach, California. The presentation focused on the full system of training and qualification developed for rail car technicians through the recently completed TCRP E-7 project Establishing a National Transit Industry Rail Vehicle Technician Qualification Program, but Center Deputy Director Jack Clark noted that the system is relevant for all transit maintenance occupations.
Signals Training Consortium Releases First Round of Courses
Posted April 2014
This week, the Center’s Signals Training Consortium released the Introduction and Overview Courses for the following topics:
* Track Circuits
* Switches and Derails
* Train Stops
* Highway Grade Crossings
Center Publication Highlights Transportation Workforce Development Initiatives in Other Sectors
Posted March 2014
Recently, a lot of attention has been given to the German approach to workforce development. Outlets like National Public Radio note that To Fill Skills Gap In U.S., Schools Look Abroad and that What Germans Know Could Help Bridge U.S. Workers’ Skill Gap.