Powering the Future Event & TEC (Technical Education for Communities) Program Overview

Jul 7, 2021Community Engagement, Employee, Industry News, International, News

Cumberland is partnering with Cummins, the Tennessee Trucking Association and a dozen other organizations to recruit and train future technicians.

Join Us for a Fundraiser Benefitting McGavock High School’s Transportation Academy

Thursday, Jul 22, 2021, 5:00 PM CDT

Join us for a fundraiser focused on the recruiting and training of our next generation of diesel technicians. The TTA’s Young Professionals Council and TN Trucking Foundation have been invited to partner with the Cummins TEC initiative to raise in-kind donations of tools and supplies, internships, and employment opportunities. The Cummins Technical Education for Communities (TEC) is a global initiative that targets the technical skills gap through local vocational education programs.

-Jessie Merritt, Chairman, Young Professionals Council

About the Cummins TEC (Technical Education for Communities) Program

Program Overview

Cummins TEC: Technical Education for Communities is a global initiative that targets the technical skills gap through local vocational education programs. It delivers a standardized education platform to help education partners develop market relevant curriculum, train teachers, provide career guidance and secure on-the-job learning opportunities for students.

Cummins TEC invites business, government and community organizations to invest time and resources in its dynamic approach to training skilled technicians.


Businesses around the world are experiencing critical shortages of skilled technical workers. According to the Manpower Group’s 2016/17 Talent Shortage Survey, global employers ranked technician jobs, which include production, operations and maintenance technicians, in the top five hardest jobs to fill. Nineteen percent asserted that the lack of hard skills and 11 percent stated that the lack of soft skills are some of the key reasons why they cannot fill available jobs.


Overwhelmingly, the world’s vocational education systems are not keeping pace with the technological advances that have disrupted business. Unfortunately, these systems are not training enough technicians to meet the current and future needs of business. The shortage of skilled workers will continue to negatively affect the business community’s bottom line. To remain productive, competitive and profitable, it is essential that businesses actively engage in creating a talent pipeline for the high-skill, in-demand, high-wage jobs of today and tomorrow.


Research supports five elements critical to successful vocational education programs. At each Cummins TEC site, a team will identify a skills gap and conduct a needs assessment, establish coalition partnerships, select an education provider and implement the education framework. Local teams will customize the standardized program and tools based on market needs.


The United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim not only to end poverty, but also fuel prosperity. The goals are a call to action for member countries and all stakeholders, including the business community, to join together and invest in gender equality, quality education, decent work and other global challenges. To create a talent pipeline of skilled technicians requires partnership. An ideal coalition includes a school, relevant government entities, nonprofits and industry partners that share values, a commitment to communities and similar skills needs.


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