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Employ Prince George's wants to help thousands find jobs in industries facing an extreme labor shortage

The labor shortage continues to impact important industries across the region.

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. — From Northern Virginia to Baltimore, Employ Prince George's wants to help put people back to work.

Employ Prince George's announced its new Transportation and Logistics Consortium Industry Bridge Program, in partnership with Jobs for the Future and Prologis, to help those who are unemployed find jobs in some of the industries hit the hardest by COVID-19.

"We have a shortage of people delivering the products and we also have a shortage of packaging, moving and loading the projects," said Walter Simmons, the President and CEO of Employ Prince George's.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of jobs in distribution and logistics industries to increase by about 29% to nearly 1.62 million workers in 2022.

"We literally have thousands of openings in this industry so we want to be that connector between residents and businesses," said Simmons.

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"We have a lot of unemployed people. At the same time, we don’t have enough school bus drivers. We don’t have enough drivers to deliver products around our region. We have warehouses with products that need to be packaged and shipped but we don’t have people to package them," said Simmons. 

The free training is available both in-person and online to help anyone receive the proper license to qualify for open positions.

"Along with online and in-person skills training, the TALC Industry Bridge Program will also assist returning citizens (ex-offenders) and disconnected youth (young adults ages 18-24 not enrolled in educational programs and unemployed). TALC will pay eligible participants $15-$20 per hour for up to 35 hours per week. Participants will get paid while working to develop their work experience and skills and get paid for the hours they are in skills training," Employ Prince George's shared.

Employ Prince George's is recruiting its first Prince George's County cohort and immediately looking for 40 participants to enroll in the program.

To apply, click here or contact Employ Prince George's at 301-618-8400.

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