Addressing the Talent Gap:
The GPS Insight ‘You are the Reason’ Skilled Trades Scholarship Program
Recruiting and retaining skilled young talent is a major challenge across the fleet and field industries, significantly worsening during the COVID-19 years. A long-standing and growing problem for fleet and field companies, the accelerating shortage of experienced workers combined with a historic inability to attract younger, tech-savvy workers, makes for one of the greatest threats to the future of the industry.
GPS Insight is addressing this issue with the launch of the GPS Insight Skilled Trades Scholarship Program. The scholarship will help advance skilled trades within our industries, increase community involvement, and promote goodwill among customers.
The new program will award two scholarships for $10,000 each to students planning to pursue full-time skilled trades study at a college or accredited vocational-technical school in the 2023-2024 academic year. The program is now accepting nominations from GPS Insight customers to empower the skilled trade technicians of tomorrow.
“GPS Insight customers are the reason we care, the reason we learn, and the reason we embrace change,” Gary Fitzgerald, CEO of GPS Insight. “We are humbled by everything our customers teach us, and to pay this forward by enabling students to achieve their goals is a great honor. We hope these scholarships will provide roadways to success for the future of fleet and field.”
A key issue for fleet and field service is to make the industry more attractive to recruit, cultivate, and retain top talent. Millennials and Gen Z have different expectations of the companies they work for compared to previous generations. Younger workers want to join an industry that is innovative and utilizes the technologies they use every day, at work and at home, and will avoid careers that appear to be out of step with the future.
Fleet and field services might have a reputation as old-school, roll up your sleeves, and grab a wrench places, but in reality they are becoming much more high-tech. The industry must take distinct steps—upskilling, reskilling and combating false impressions—to stem the talent outflow and increase the talent inflow for a more stable future.
According to research from Service Council, 70% of field service organizations are concerned about the loss of knowledge from a retiring field workforce. As part of the GPS Insight goal to address the skilled field tech shortage, the Skilled Trades Scholarship program will address a shrinking talent pool intersecting with the current skilled trades gap. As workers retire and the workforce skews younger, the need for younger techs becomes more important.
Two $10K scholarships awarded for the 2023-24 academic school year
Must plan to attend full-time at an accredited college, vocational or technical school
Degree/certification within the fleet or field service fields
October 4 – December 31, 2022:
January 15, 2023:
January 31, 2023:
Winners funded upon receipt of acceptance letter
August 31, 2023:
Deadline to provide proof of enrollment in accredited educational institute for 2023-24 academic year
TO NOMINATE A STUDENT:
You must be an active customer of GPS Insight technology solutions. Please share this page, and the form below, with your candidate to complete. Candidates will also need to share your name and contact information, company and title.
For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RULES FOR SCHOLARSHIP CANDIDATES:
A current customer of GPS Insight solutions must nominate students.
To qualify, students must be high school seniors, graduates, or undergraduates with a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent), and plan to pursue a degree/certificate in fleet or field service trade fields such as:
Each award will be issued and made payable to the student’s name when GPS Insight receives an acceptance letter from an accredited skilled trades training/education program stating the student is approved to enroll. Acceptance letters can be sent to email@example.com.
Funds may be used for tuition, tools, living expenses, and more. Deadline to submit the acceptance letter is 8/31/23. Any winner who is unable to produce an acceptance letter by 8/31/23 forfeits the scholarship award.
If you are interested in applying or nominating an application, go to gpsinsight.com/skilled-trades-scholarship for the details.