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Canada: Colleges collaborate to provide workforce training in the logistics and supply chain market

With the implementation of a new business training curriculum in the supply chain market, sponsored by the Future Skills Centre and established by Mohawk College’s City School initiative, four colleges from across Canada have collaborated to promote economic recovery in their respective regions. 

The Material Handling 4.0 pilot programme, developed in collaboration with Nova Scotia Community College, Mohawk College, Red River College, and Vancouver Community College, is intended to help people move into jobs in the supply chain industry.

The curriculum builds on City School’s successful training model, which combines industry-driven training, individualized student guidance, and realistic job experience to deliver integrated training services to individuals who face career and educational barriers. 

Participants gain micro-credential and job services upon completion of the program, which will assist them with successfully transitioning into long-term, permanent employment.

Participants in the Material Handling 4.0 pilot program will receive six weeks of industry-specific training and a two-week paid work internship, as well as wraparound programs like child care, all needed PPE and safety materials, and referrals to support services (legal clinics, housing, health, etc.). 

243 students will be trained as a result of this initiative, which will take place at four different universities. The program’s first local cohort begins today at Mohawk, and the partner colleges’ cohorts will begin in Fall 2021.

In order to build and construct the curriculum in the Hamilton region, the Future Skills Centre (FSC) proposed initial investment of $1.95 million in the first phase of the program at Mohawk College in 2020. It is reporting today that it will invest an extra $1.1 million to extend the service to three more locations across Canada.

As we rebound from COVID-19, our government is assisting job seekers to retrain and upscale in order to fill in-demand positions. “The Material Handling 4.0 initiative at Mohawk College is assisting jobs in transitioning into new supply chain career opportunities,” says Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Jobs, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion. “Further investments through the Future Skills Centre will enable new collaborations to extend the project’s scope and continue this vital work,” says the author.

“Labour shortages are a problem for supply chain employers, and new developments have left some jobs behind,” says Ron McKerlie, President and CEO of Mohawk College. “Over the last five years, the City School by Mohawk model has been effective in building paths to sustainable jobs in Hamilton. We are fortunate that our member colleges have opted to apply this successful model to prepare people for supply chain jobs in their communities.”

Dr. Christine Watson, RRC’s Vice-President, Academic, and Research, says, “Red River College is committed to creating more pathways for our students – particularly our Indigenous, novice, and immigrant learners – to transition from classroom to job with the human and technological skills they need to access gainful jobs, all while helping to rebuild the Manitoba economy.” “We are excited to be a part of the Material Handling 4.0 pilot initiative, which will help us continue to meet employment requirements in Manitoba’s growing supply chain and logistics market, and we appreciate the Future Skills Centre and Mohawk College for this opportunity.”

Ravi Patel

Ravi Patel

To say it in the most sardonic way possible, I am least skilled as an engineer and instill a myopic view of all the experiences I have anticipated so far. However, I stir the pot, colors from which come surging forth as I choose to describe myself as an artist. Here's hoping to diversify my awareness from that cleft beyond writing.

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