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California focusing in on warehouse training

12/29/2016

California focusing in on warehouse training

Some of the major issues in the warehousing industry revolve around growing companies' ability to find people who are both willing and able to fill the many job openings now proliferating in the field. As a result, more is being done to properly train workers for success, sometimes before they even find employment. This is certainly the case in California, where numerous organizations are now working to get the workforce up to speed with the industry's evolving needs.

In Stanislaus County, California, the Office of Education recently hosted a meeting about advanced training for warehouse jobs and other employment opportunities, according to a report from the Modesto Bee. This included educators from local high schools, public colleges and the private Modesto Institute of Technology.

"There's almost no job that you can do where you're not touched by technology," David Shinder, the consultant who convened the meeting, told the newspaper.

Gaps in knowledge
Unfortunately, most workers have some technological training - insofar as most of them know how to use basic computer software - but that doesn't exactly qualify them to work with advanced equipment in warehouses and factories, the report said. With this in mind, the county government's economic development organization will soon open a training center in downtown Modesto to help get would-be employees on the same page with what the region's employers need from them.

Many in attendance at the meeting agreed that a focus on faster training programs would likely result in greater success, the report said. This may be especially true because many of today's people who might be qualified for open positions likely have other work or school obligations.

Fresno could get involved
Meanwhile, about 100 miles southeast of Modesto, a long-vacant warehouse in Fresno may soon become a site for more business, according to a report from the Fresno Bee. A developer recently purchased the site - which boasts about 36,600 square feet on two floors and another 9,800 in the basement - with no concrete plans for what it might do with the space quite yet. That decision should come early next year.

The more companies in and outside of California can do to identify ways to increase the footprint of the warehousing industry in their areas, the better off workers may be. That's because logistics jobs tend to pay better than many other positions for people with similar educational backgrounds.