The National Transportation Center Brings Future Workers to the Work Truck Show

The National Transportation Center will bring more than 75 high school students plus school administrators to the Work Truck Show® to explore the transportation industry.  

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As exhibitors at the 2019 Work Truck Show® we are proud to announce that we will bring more than 75 high school students to this event. The Work Truck Show®, produced by the NTEA (The Association for the Work Truck Industry), will be held March 5-8, 2019, at the Indiana Convention Center. The students we attracted demonstrated interest in the transportation industry and will be our guests in the exhibit hall on Thursday, March 7.  

Why is this so important? At the National Transportation Center, we work to attract, train, and retain the transportation industry’s workforce. We serve Veterans, underemployed adults, and youth with introductory programs, technician training, and career development. Even when desirable, college education can be too expensive for many people, and technical pathways provide a much better fit. We offer a career path that makes sense for students and adults alike, as well as the companies that ultimately employ them.

“The National Transportation Center has developed training programs that work very well in the school systems to prepare a student for a great career upon graduation. We see the Work Truck Show as an event for young talent to see what our industry is all about. Students will get to see so many different facets of the industry and be able to ask industry experts why they would consider the transportation industry as a career option.” – Tom Weisenbach, CEO National Transportation Center

There is also an ever-growing skills gap facing the transportation industry, and it will only get worse if current and potential workers do not get access to training for skills they need. By introducing high school students to workforce options, such as careers in the transportation industry, we can create a large and energetic pipeline of workers.

“NTEA is excited to work with National Transportation Center in providing a real-world educational experience for local high school students. Workforce development, including future availability of qualified employees, is a key priority for the commercial vehicle community. This is a great opportunity to introduce these students to our industry and allow them to start networking with exhibiting companies.” – David Ehrlich, NTEA Director of Education

The Work Truck Show® is a unique opportunity that happens once a year for fleet managers, truck dealers, equipment distributors and all others interested in the transportation industry. During this event, participants will have the opportunity to see the latest and greatest in industry products, attend industry-focused training courses, and also be exposed to all of the technical engineering representatives from each of the hundreds of exhibiting companies. The added bonus is the opportunity to interact with numerous industry professionals, schedule meetings with suppliers and customers, brainstorm solutions to resolve issues regarding technology, and discuss current industry-related news.

Bottom line, the NTEA allowing youth to attend and participate is a huge step in the right direction for attracting new talent for the transportation and logistics industries!