The TechForce Foundation has a new partner in its efforts to address the growing demand for technicians in the transportation industry: FedEx Freight.
As the result of decades of pushing the message to students that a 4-year degree is the only path to a desirable career, today’s workforce faces a serious problem, according to the TechForce Foundation. A staggering amount of college graduates leave school without serious job prospects for their degree. Meanwhile, jobs in the skilled trades remain unfilled because there are not enough qualified candidates.
By joining the TechForce Foundation’s FutureTech Success campaign, FedEx Freight has shown its commitment to re-positioning the perception of the technician profession from the outdated grease monkey stigma to a high-demand, high-growth STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career. The campaign seeks to reach parents and influencers of today’s middle- and high-school students to highlight the rewarding, high-tech and in-demand career of transportation technicians.
“It is our privilege to support an organization that knows the value of investing in technical career education and opportunities for the future success of students and fleets,” says Michael Hoffman, vice president of facilities, equipment and maintenance for FedEx Freight.
“TechForce is proud to partner with FedEx Freight, a company who understands the gravity of the automotive and diesel tech shortage in America and is willing to join efforts to keep America rolling,” says Jennifer Maher, CEO and executive director of TechForce Foundation. “Their support will help us continue to close the skills gap and fuel future techs to reach their full potential in this career.”
A provider of less-than-truckload (LTL) freight services, FedEx Freight is a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. Through more than 370 service centers and 25,000 motorized vehicles, FedEx Freight moves more than 115,000 LTL shipments each day throughout the U.S, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit about.fedex.com.
TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) with the mission to champion students to and through their technical education and into careers as professional transportation technicians. The Foundation distributes more than $2.0 million in scholarships and grants annually, thanks to its corporate sponsors and donors, and spearheads FutureTech Success, the industry-wide initiative to help encourage and support more young people to pursue the vehicle technician profession. For more information, visit www.TechForce.org.