Jacquill Stovall and nine of his L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control) classmates will graduate from the 11-week logistics/operations training program tomorrow.
This Delaware Food Works training program at the Food Bank of Delaware has been incredibly helpful for Jacquill.
“I found out about the program through a job counselor,” he explains. “I never through this career was obtainable until starting the program.”
For the past 11 weeks, Jacquill and his classmates have been learning the ins and outs of the logistics/operations industry. They have spent time in the classroom and warehouse learning about safety, inventory, equipment, customer service and much more. Their training also included a two-week paid work experience.
Certified as a trade school by the Delaware Department of Education, students trained in the warehouse of the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark. Jacquill and his classmates learned to use major equipment like end riders, lift trucks, order pickers and pallet jacks.
Everyone in the class earned their OSHA-10 certification. Jacquill passed his forklift certification test and is currently working as a driver at Connections.
“After our work experience, we are going to be on a different road, a better path,” he points out.
If it wasn’t for the L.O.G.I.C. program, Jacquill believe he would still be working in fast food. Thanks to the program, he has both short-term and long-term goals. A year from now, he hopes to buy his first house.
“The class helped me get on the road to do that,” he says. “Training boosted me, and it made me worth more.”
In addition to the opportunity to become forklift and OSHA-10 certified, Jacquill also credits volunteers from Barclays for helping him with writing a new resume, creating a LinkedIn profile, improving his interviewing skills and must more.
His advice to future students, “Keep an open mind and definitely be willing to learn. When you leave you are going to have warehouse training, logistics, inventory, an updated resume, interview skills… You are going to have a family. They have your back.”
Jacquill adds, “Stay focused, make sure you come every day ready to work. Get your rest. Put the work in; you are going to get the benefit at the end – that’s a guarantee. Guaranteed to be better if you focus.”
The next L.O.G.I.C. class begins Monday, January 13, 2020. Student funding is available and applications are currently being accepted. Click here to learn more!