When Eiron Watson learned about L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control) through a presentation at Career TEAM she was “intrigued” and decided to enroll, especially since tuition was covered thanks to the Delaware Department of Labor’s TRAIN grant.
L.O.G.I.C. is the newest training program under the Food Bank of Delaware’s workforce development initiative, Delaware Food Works. The training program is 11 weeks long and provides opportunities for students to become OSHA-10 certified, fork lift certified and ServSafe certified.
So far, the experience has been “wonderful” for Eiron. “I get to work on the equipment,” she explains. “The teacher (Operations Instructor Erik Klair) is very nice. He makes sure that I understand things… I love the program.”
From 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day, Eiron and her classmates work hands on in the warehouse. They are learning to use pallet jacks, manual forklifts, riding forklifts and the deep reach. Last week they began aerial safety training.
So far, the program has exceeded Eiron’s expectations. “[The program] will help you get a start in a career. It’s very beneficial,” she says.
In addition to OSHA-10 computer modules and classroom work related to the industry, the students also work on life skills with Workforce Training Program Manager Jessica Neal. “The life skills part was an eye opener,” Eiron explains. “I have personal life issues that I go through, but her teaching and coaching to get through it is helping me complete the program.”
L.O.G.I.C. has helped Eiron identify her career goals. “I can do this for the rest of my life. I can take care of my family off it,” she says.
Upon graduation, she hopes to be employed in a warehouse and work towards becoming a manager. One day she’d like to own a warehouse.
Interested in pursuing a career in the operations/logistics industry? The next L.O.G.I.C. class begins January 7, 2019. Click here to learn more to apply!