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Lenora Turner, Director, Opportunity Knocks, is calling for logistics businesses to implement their own internship programs to nurture the next generation of industry experts and fuel the talent pipeline. Expeditors is sharing the template for its Opportunity Knocks program for businesses to use and create their own internships.

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Lee started her logistics career as an intern with Opportunity Knocks more than ten years ago, and is now administrating systems that support learning for all employees across Expeditors.

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EXPEDITORS WILL SHARE A TEMPLATE FOR ITS OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM WITH INTERESTED COMPANIES


The internship program was inspired by Expeditors Executive Dan Wall’s journey from entry-level role to President of Global Products and Jose Ubeda’s journey from entry-level role to Senior Vice President of Expeditors Digital Solutions

Seattle, Washington, USA, Wednesday 8th September 2021: Expeditors is offering to share a template and best practices for its Opportunity Knocks (OK) internship program aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds with no degree looking to start a career.

The program, launched in 2008, has so far helped 1,200 young people, with more than 500 gaining onsite internships or student work-studies before lockdown.

Over 90 have become long term employees and a further 800 have been helped virtually over the last 12 months.

The turnover rate of OK alumni in the first two years is five times lower than typical new hires. Internal surveys have shown that staff engagement has increased for 57% of staff involved in the program. 90% of OK supervisors and mentors reported personal skill development.

“Opportunity, mentoring, and hard work changed my future,” said Jose Ubeda, Senior Vice President Digital Solutions, Expeditors, and OK executive program sponsor.

“I started with Expeditors delivering documents across San Francisco when I was a teenager, and now, as a senior executive, this is a way to give back and provide young individuals with career opportunities.”

Expeditors has pledged to share both its template for the OK program and best practices with interested companies.

Since 2020, Expeditors has inspired more than 800 young people through OK with supply chain career case studies or computer and interview skills.

The program provides paid internships for 16 to 24-year-olds with no degree and was launched in 2008 by Dan Wall, Expeditors President of Global Products, who was inspired by his own journey from entry level to executive.

Supervisors and mentors taking part have reported increased employee engagement in their teams and 97% said they would recommend involvement in the program.

“We are keen to share our experiences with other companies and demonstrate to them the many benefits of working with young people in this way, from the perspective of giving them opportunities, but also serving corporate social responsibility, talent pipeline, and employee engagement goals,” said Lenora Turner, Director, OK.

“Mutual benefit programs result in the most sustainable efforts, and diverse teams really are more creative.

“Everyone wants loyal and engaged staff, and if you are willing to mentor people, they are much more likely to stay with your company.

“Those who offer opportunity and pass on the skills they have already obtained, gain a renewed sense of purpose by investing that skill into another, plus staff skills get stronger when shared.”

Case Study

Lee is one of the many OK interns that has stayed with Expeditors; a success story that Expeditors wants to extend to other logistics businesses:

  • Upon graduating high school, Lee needed a job as college was too expensive and she did not know what she wanted to study
  • She began her journey with Expeditors through Opportunity Knocks more than ten years ago
  • After completing her six-month paid internship, Lee was offered a full-time position with Expeditors
  • Lee is now administrating the system that supports learning for all employees across Expeditors

“My manager made a point of having regular 1:1 meetings with me to provide mentoring and understanding of the new role, and the importance of that role within the entire company,” said Lee.

“I have stayed with Expeditors because I like helping people figure things out; I want to help them trouble-shoot and that is what my department does.”

To receive more details on how to start your own Opportunity Knocks program, contact Lenora at lenora.turner@expeditors.com and visit web.expeditors.com/opportunity-knocks/

Download the “Opportunity Knocks in a Box” introductory document from the ‘Getting Involved’ tab.

 

About Expeditors

Expeditors is a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The Company employs trained professionals in 176 district offices and numerous branch locations located on six continents linked into a seamless worldwide network through an integrated information management system. Services include the consolidation or forwarding of air and ocean freight, customs brokerage, vendor consolidation, cargo insurance, time-definite transportation, order management, warehousing and distribution and customized logistics solutions.

Visit: expeditors.com

About Meantime Communications

Meantime is a B2B communications, event, virtual event, design, and social media consultancy, established in 2008 and supporting companies worldwide in the supply chain, transport, tech, and fintech industries.

The Meantime team includes trained journalists and editors and delivers strategic campaigns, working closely with customers to understand outcomes, design outputs, and measure success.

Our experienced team of creative professionals never stops looking for inspiration, underpinned by our Meantime Academy training scheme, powered by the Public Relations and Communications Agency (PRCA).

We are Chartered Institute of Public Relations and PRCA members adhering to the professional Code of Conduct for both organisations, Living Wage employer (voluntary and based on true living costs), Climate Positive Workforce meaning employee carbon footprint and business travel are offset by planting trees and financing carbon reduction projects globally through Ecologi.

We embrace new ideas and develop solutions to suit all stakeholders including hosting client news portals, which include archives and plain text download features to help journalists, interactive clippings reports including reach, brand mention, and tailored metrics.


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EXPEDITORS WILL SHARE A TEMPLATE FOR ITS OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM WITH INTERESTED COMPANIES

The internship program was inspired by Expeditors Executive Dan Wall’s journey from entry-level role to President of Global Products and Jose Ubeda’s journey from entry-level role to Senior Vice President of Expeditors Digital Solutions

Seattle, Washington, USA, Wednesday 8th September 2021: Expeditors is offering to share a template and best practices for its Opportunity Knocks (OK) internship program aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds with no degree looking to start a career.

The program, launched in 2008, has so far helped 1,200 young people, with more than 500 gaining onsite internships or student work-studies before lockdown.

Over 90 have become long term employees and a further 800 have been helped virtually over the last 12 months.

The turnover rate of OK alumni in the first two years is five times lower than typical new hires. Internal surveys have shown that staff engagement has increased for 57% of staff involved in the program. 90% of OK supervisors and mentors reported personal skill development.

“Opportunity, mentoring, and hard work changed my future,” said Jose Ubeda, Senior Vice President Digital Solutions, Expeditors, and OK executive program sponsor.

“I started with Expeditors delivering documents across San Francisco when I was a teenager, and now, as a senior executive, this is a way to give back and provide young individuals with career opportunities.”

Expeditors has pledged to share both its template for the OK program and best practices with interested companies.

Since 2020, Expeditors has inspired more than 800 young people through OK with supply chain career case studies or computer and interview skills.

The program provides paid internships for 16 to 24-year-olds with no degree and was launched in 2008 by Dan Wall, Expeditors President of Global Products, who was inspired by his own journey from entry level to executive.

Supervisors and mentors taking part have reported increased employee engagement in their teams and 97% said they would recommend involvement in the program.

“We are keen to share our experiences with other companies and demonstrate to them the many benefits of working with young people in this way, from the perspective of giving them opportunities, but also serving corporate social responsibility, talent pipeline, and employee engagement goals,” said Lenora Turner, Director, OK.

“Mutual benefit programs result in the most sustainable efforts, and diverse teams really are more creative.

“Everyone wants loyal and engaged staff, and if you are willing to mentor people, they are much more likely to stay with your company.

“Those who offer opportunity and pass on the skills they have already obtained, gain a renewed sense of purpose by investing that skill into another, plus staff skills get stronger when shared.”

Case Study

Lee is one of the many OK interns that has stayed with Expeditors; a success story that Expeditors wants to extend to other logistics businesses:

  • Upon graduating high school, Lee needed a job as college was too expensive and she did not know what she wanted to study
  • She began her journey with Expeditors through Opportunity Knocks more than ten years ago
  • After completing her six-month paid internship, Lee was offered a full-time position with Expeditors
  • Lee is now administrating the system that supports learning for all employees across Expeditors

“My manager made a point of having regular 1:1 meetings with me to provide mentoring and understanding of the new role, and the importance of that role within the entire company,” said Lee.

“I have stayed with Expeditors because I like helping people figure things out; I want to help them trouble-shoot and that is what my department does.”

To receive more details on how to start your own Opportunity Knocks program, contact Lenora at lenora.turner@expeditors.com and visit web.expeditors.com/opportunity-knocks/

Download the “Opportunity Knocks in a Box” introductory document from the ‘Getting Involved’ tab.

 

About Expeditors

Expeditors is a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The Company employs trained professionals in 176 district offices and numerous branch locations located on six continents linked into a seamless worldwide network through an integrated information management system. Services include the consolidation or forwarding of air and ocean freight, customs brokerage, vendor consolidation, cargo insurance, time-definite transportation, order management, warehousing and distribution and customized logistics solutions.

Visit: expeditors.com

About Meantime Communications

Meantime is a B2B communications, event, virtual event, design, and social media consultancy, established in 2008 and supporting companies worldwide in the supply chain, transport, tech, and fintech industries.

The Meantime team includes trained journalists and editors and delivers strategic campaigns, working closely with customers to understand outcomes, design outputs, and measure success.

Our experienced team of creative professionals never stops looking for inspiration, underpinned by our Meantime Academy training scheme, powered by the Public Relations and Communications Agency (PRCA).

We are Chartered Institute of Public Relations and PRCA members adhering to the professional Code of Conduct for both organisations, Living Wage employer (voluntary and based on true living costs), Climate Positive Workforce meaning employee carbon footprint and business travel are offset by planting trees and financing carbon reduction projects globally through Ecologi.

We embrace new ideas and develop solutions to suit all stakeholders including hosting client news portals, which include archives and plain text download features to help journalists, interactive clippings reports including reach, brand mention, and tailored metrics.