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Chapter 3: Developing Future Applicant Skills The transportation industry has experienced recruitment challenges within specific work areas, in part due to the significant reduction in the number of students entering fields important to transportation such as engineering, construction, and maintenance. In response, innovative organizations are working to develop the skills and interests of future potential applicants as a part of their recruitment practices. In this chapter, we present challenges, strategies, and workforce practices related to "Developing Future Applicant Skills." Exhibit 3-1 provides a snapshot of the chapter. Exhibit 3-1 Snapshot of Chapter 3 Chapter Road Map Concept and Definition Workforce Challenges....................22 Lack of Skilled Applicants Failure to Invest in Talent Pipeline Industry Strategies......................22 Conduct Internship/ Fellowship Programs Partner with Schools for Youth Development Develop Student Curriculum and Educational Academies Adopt Scholarship Programs Innovative Transportation organizations are developing career interests among high school and Workforce Practices.....................23 college students. Oregon DOT College Internship Program (CIP) Definition of Developing Future Applicant Skills: Minnesota DOT Seeds Student Worker Involves identifying avenues for developing the skill Program sets of youth during the K-12 years as well as at the undergraduate level. The goal of these efforts is to prepare these students for future employment in the transportation industry and as a result, these practices help to establish a solid pipeline of future talent for transportation jobs. Workforce Pipeline Target Area Target Career Stages Comm. 4 year Graduate Entry-Level Mid-Career Senior K-12 Retirees Colleges Colleges Schools Staff Staff Leaders TRANSPORTATION WORKFORCE PIPELINE Developing Future Applicant Skills Chapter 3 Target Area 21