Driver jobs in Chicago created

UPS and the city as busy creating more driver jobs in Chicago for the holiday season.

UPS is planning to hire more than 3,200 part-time and seasonal positions at locations in Chicago, Palatine, Northbrook, Franklin Park, Bedford Park and Addison. The company is hiring an additional 600 permanent positions at the company’s regional facility in Hodgkins. Public transportation is available from the south side directly to the Hodgkins facility, and UPS will shuttle employees to the northern suburb locations from its facility at 1400 S. Jefferson Street.

The openings are for a combination of positions, including delivery drivers as well as entry-level package handlers and driver helpers. Many seasonal employees will have the opportunity for advancements into permanent positions following the holiday season.

Chicago’s transportation, distribution and logistics industry accounts for $22 billion in Gross Regional Product and 200,000 jobs. The industry is estimated to add 110,000 jobs over the next decade. Estimates suggest that between a quarter and a third of all freight tonnage in the U.S. originates, terminates or passes through the region. Chicago is the only city in the nation where six of the major North American railroads intersect.

To prepare students for in-demand careers in ground, air, and rail transport, multi-modal distribution and logistics, City Colleges has made Olive-Harvey Colleges its Center of Excellence in Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) education, and has announced construction of a TDL Center at Olive-Harvey College. The 103,000-square-foot facility has been designed with input from City Colleges’ College to Careers faculty and industry partners.

Through College to Careers, launched by Mayor Emanuel and Chancellor Hyman in 2011, City Colleges faculty and staff partner with industry leaders to design curriculum and facilities and offer internships and job opportunities to ensure Chicagoans are ready to hit the ground running in fast-growing fields.