APTA’s National Public Transportation Career Day, a national workforce development initiative that introduces K-12 students to careers in public transit, is on Thursday, May 16, 2019. For the past several years, APTA has encouraged our members to conduct outreach activities to showcase the wealth of career opportunities on the Thursday of National Infrastructure Week.
The goal is for all transit agencies, private businesses, and members to host an event or activity that will showcase industry talents. The May 16th career day is a chance to engage youth in our communities and bring awareness to the vast array of career opportunities within public transportation. Engagement activities may include a tour of your transit facility, visiting a school, providing interactive demonstrations, holding a poster contest, or hosting a creative career awareness program.
Share Your Story!
Share your best practices, outreach activities, and stories on APTA’s website or 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 Public Transportation Career Day, or general activities you hold throughout the year.
2019 Career Day Highlights!
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority highlighted their spring and summer interns in various disciplines throughout their agency on Instagram.
San Jose, CA
Chicago Transit Authority partnered with Prosser Career Academy and hosted high school students for a learning event to provide information and insight about careers in transportation. Activities included a networking reception, CTA personnel speaking on a panel at CTA Headquarters and a tour of a bus operations, maintenance and instruction facility.
Team members from VIA Metropolitan Transit participated in a job fair event with students from Lee High School.
Greater San Antonio, TX
Fort Wayne Citilink highlighted Citilink employees and career opportunities via Facebook.
Fort Wayne, IN
In partnership with IYAI+, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority hosted an inclusive interactive platform for students in grades 9-12 to ask questions and gain insight about pursuing a career in infrastructure. This event allowed students to engage with industry professionals and be exposed to diverse career paths and potential internship opportunities.
Los Angeles, CA
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority attended a career day at Lakeside Elementary located in Pembroke Pines, FL. Students were provided with information on career in the public transportation industry as well as information on railroad safety.
Pompano Beach, FL
The Rapid partnered with Grand Rapids Public School system in a career fair where they promoted careers in public transportation. The Rapid also put together a video showcasing their workforce.
Grand Rapids, MI