VIDEO: Young Workers Benefitting from TCU/IAM Job Corps Program

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Young adults gain real experience for futures in the transportation industry at the TCU/IAM Job Corps advanced training program.

The Transportation Communications Union (TCU/IAM) and the IAM are teaming up with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps to provide an advanced training program for young people interested in careers in the transportation industry.

The program focuses on careers in railroad, mass transit and the airline industries. Beginning with just two sites in 1971, TCU/IAM’s Training Services Department is now contracted to train 450 students nationwide at nine facilities across the country.

“We try to place our students in transportation jobs. That’s what our contract with Job Corps is,” said Steve Brando, national coordinator for the TCU/IAM Job Corps program. “If it flies, floats or has wheels, we’re looking at it.”

WATCH: Viewpoint with Steve Brando

Applicants are assessed on their seriousness to pursuing a transportation career, ability to handle job requirements and willingness to take on the hard work and responsibilities.

“There’s no greater pleasure for our staff than to see our students get launched and then go into a career and stay there,” said Brando. “Coming to work is a pleasure here because you see all the results.”