New England Regional Transportation Workforce Summit, September 26-27, 2013 (Boston)
The UVM TRC is one of the regional sponsors of an upcoming workforce summit designed to foster a cross-cutting dialogue on the transportation workforce of the future for the New England Region. The Summit will deal with all modes of transportation, the range of transportation occupations from technicians to professionals, and the variety of educational experiences to develop and improve individuals’ competencies and skills. The Summit will address key workforce challenges; identify administrative and legislative actions for effective workforce policies and programs; and establish a Regional Framework for Transportation Workforce Development that will link education and training to workforce development policies and programs.
Nationally, 40 – 50% of the current transportation workforce is expected to retire in the next decade. Fewer workers are gravitating to the field and there is intense competition from other industries for qualified workers at all levels. The UVM Transportation Research Center and its partners in the Transportation Education Development Pilot Project (TEDPP) partnered with key organizations across northern New England from 2008 to 2013 to address these key challenges through four demonstration programs. The pilot initiative recently published its summary report and a developmental evaluation report on the program. The UVM TRC was also part of the leadership team that hosted the National Transportation Workforce Summit in April 2012 and organized the 2013 TRB session “After the National Transportation Workforce Summit: Answering the Call for Action.” The final report on the summit is the Framework for Action. That Framework is the basis for organizing the New England Summit.
The National Summit began by contemplating the issues of the rapidly changing demographics of an aging and diversifying workforce; of insufficient workforce awareness and preparation; of rapidly advancing technology creating a new norm of constant change in the tools workers need to use; and the increased demand and expectations on the transportation infrastructure and the agencies that design, build, maintain and operate them. The New England Summit will follow a similar path but will bring more regional specificity to these issues.
The September event is designed to be a working session for participants from all six states representing local, state and private sector interests, professional organizations and the university research community. Sessions will allow for sharing of key questions and best practices with facilitated discussion designed to surface specific strategies and actions to pursue as a region, the focus of day two. Emerging from the national summit were the three key themes of collaboration, partnering and stakeholder initiative that will be picked up by participants in Boston, who have the opportunity to build on this base rather than start a new conversation. There is a need for action based on collaboration across transportation, education and labor (both as state departments and as disciplines and sectors).
The program will be punctuated by just a few prominent speakers including the Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation, Richard Davey, and Rhode Island DOT Director and AASHTO President Michael Lewis.
Summit organizers include the
University of Massachusetts Transportation Center
MIT University Transportation Center
Center for Transportation and Livable Systems at UConn
The University of New Hampshire
The Transportation Research Center at the University of Vermont
The University of Maine at Orono
The University of Rhode Island Transportation Center
For information on the program and registration follow this link.
Pre-register by August 23 for the reduced registration fee of $150.