All of SWTWC’s research, education, and industry engagement efforts are guided by the FHWA’s belief that the nation’s ability to successfully deliver and manage an efficient, safe, and effective transportation system is dependent on the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the transportation workforce. Toward that end, SWTWC facilitates results-driven partnerships with State Departments of Transportation, State Departments of Education, industry, and other public and private stakeholders throughout the transportation, education, labor, and workforce communities.
Today, there are a number of challenges in trade and transportation workforce development. Baby boom generation retirements, competition from other industries, and difficulty in recruiting women and minorities, as well as new technologies driving the need for new skills from incumbent transportation workers, all combine for unique industry challenges in developing a qualified pipeline of talent. Over the next four years, SWTWC efforts will address workforce development activities at the 6th to 12th grade levels, technical schools and community colleges, universities, post graduate programs, and professional development for incumbent transportation workers.
To promote a skilled and career-ready transportation workforce, SWTWC seeks to: