St. Lawrence College will offer a much anticipated Supply Chain & Logistics Techniques program in January 2013. Delivered on St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall campus, the 18-week program is comprised of 15 weeks of in-class instruction, followed by 3 weeks of field placement at some state-of-the-art distribution centres within Eastern Ontario.
The program will be delivered by the College’s Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement (CLPI) Division and was developed in response to a growing need for workers to support an expanding Supply Chain sector in Eastern Ontario.
Cornwall has recently developed into a “Centre of Excellence” for the distribution of goods and materials across Canada with several companies establishing regional distribution centres in the city, including Walmart Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, the Benson Organization, Richelieu Hosiery, Canlyte, and American Standard.
"This sector is the fastest growing sector in the region’s economy and continues to have significant positive impacts on the regional transportation and warehousing sectors, creating hundreds of new jobs," stated Mark Boileau, Manager of Cornwall Economic Development.
It should be noted that other Eastern Ontario communities have also seen investment in the supply chain sector, with Sears Canada, Tim Horton’s and Giant Tiger also having major distribution centres in the region.
The Supply Chain and Logistics Techniques program was created in response to the need of employers in the Supply Chain Sector, working in warehousing and distribution, transportation or the manufacturing/retail areas.
“We recognize the importance of the supply chain and logistics sector in Eastern Ontario. As we continue to develop and align training and education with workforce demand, we will maintain our commitment to providing ‘ready now’ people: that’s people with exactly the right skills that an employer is looking for at the right time,” said Charlie Mignault, Director of Business Development, Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement at St. Lawrence College. “As we expand this mandate in our communities we will act as an engine for regional economic development and provide organizations with the people that will help their companies grow and prosper in the future.”
The Supply Chain and Logistics Techniques program looks to see students graduate with a skill-set that will make them attractive assets to companies within the sector. The focus of the course will be to have students learn best practices and techniques that will allow them to succeed in one of the key driving forces of the Canadian economy.
“The field of supply chain management is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Cornwall community with a diverse range of excellent job opportunities for trained individuals,” said Richard Schneider, General Manager at Supply Chain Management Inc. "We are pleased the college is offering this program and look forward to working with graduates in the future."
Supply Chain Management operates a 1.4 million sq.ft. distribution centre for Walmart Canada and is Cornwall’s largest private sector employer. In a similar fashion, the Shoppers Drug Mart distribution centre in Cornwall is operated by Matrix Logistics and Target's newly constructed 1.3 million sq.ft. distribution centre will be operated by Eleven Points Logistics.
The Supply Chain sector is a term used to incorporate companies and economic activities relating to the movement of goods between manufacturers and consumers. As such, it incorporates companies involved in transportation (trucking companies), warehouse (distribution centres) and procurement. The sector employs people with a diverse range of skill sets.
“The supply chain is one of the most essential sectors of the Canadian economy, involving about 767,000 workers from a range of occupations and industries,” said Kevin Maynard, Executive Director of the Supply Chain Sector Council “This program from St. Lawrence College will help the sector meet its human resources and labour-market challenges.”
Second Career applicants may be able to receive funding for the Supply Chain and Logistics Techniques program. Second Career is an Ontario Government program that enables laid-off Ontarians to train for a new job in high demand careers.