Tuesday, May 3, 2016

APTA: National Public Transportation Career Day - May 12, 2016

Transportation Careers:

​APTA’s National Public Transportation Career Day, a national workforce development initiative that introduces K-12 students to careers in public transit, will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2016. For the last 5 years, APTA’s Human Resource Committee has encouraged our members to facilitate outreach activities to showcase the wealth of career opportunities during National Public Transportation Career Day. 

The goal is for all transit agencies, private transit companies, and private business members to host an event or activity that will showcase industry talents. The May 12th career day is a chance to engage ​youth in our communities to bring awareness of the vast array of career opportunities within public transportation. Engagement can be a tour of your transit facility, visiting a school, providing interactive demonstrations, holding a poster contest, or hosting a creative career awareness program. 

Sharing Best Practices

In attracting new talent, knowledge, and skills to public transportation, connecting with the K-12 students in your community is a way to tell our story of opportunities.  We want to hear your outreach story! How will you engage the youth in your area? 
APTA's Human Resources Committee would also like to share your best practices, outreach activities, and stories on our website and as a feature in Passenger Transport. Publicizing how our members promote our industry to the future workforce by connecting with students in their communities is an essential aspect of workforce development.
Please assist us with this fantastic opportunity to introduce transit careers to the next generation of prospective workers, and to mentor and guide the nation’s youth to the public transportation industry. Complete the brief survey (link below) to share with us your outreach initiatives, either as part of National Career Day, or general activities you hold throughout the year.
Please take a moment to complete the survey to share your event/activity:


For your convenience, helpful resources for teachers and students are located under the Resources section to the right of this page.
Need ideas? Below is a suggested list of activities you can facilitate - your youth outreach involvement can be as big or small as you dream up!

Proposed Activities

Elementary School Students

  • Interactive Career Fair – onsite/off-site
  • Take Your Child to Work
  • Giveaways

Middle School Students

  • Career Awareness Programs
    • Career Fairs – highlight careers in transit (public, private, manufacturing)
    • Interactive Demonstrations
    • Job Shadowing
  • Transit Facility Tours
  • Bus/Rail Tours

High School Students

  • Career Awareness Programs –
    • Occupation Discussion – administrative, operator, maintenance, etc.
    • Information on training programs/internships
    • Job Fair – onsite/off-site
    • Job Shadowing
    • Mock Interviews/Expectations for Transit Employees
  • Distribute Materials to Schools –
    • Bus/Rail route schedules for student travel
    • Giveaways
    • Job listings/descriptions

For additional information, please contact Brandon Roccio, Program Manager at broccio@apta.com​

(Source: http://www.apta.com/resources/profdev/workforce/careerday/Pages/default.aspx)

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