MISSISSAUGA, Ont.–The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council has received funding for a two-year project, “Supply Chain Links,” which will result in the creation of both a supply chain skills-assessment and matching tool and 15 or so new occupational standards. The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program, the CSCSC noted in a release today.
The interactive self-assessment tool will be useful to individuals and employers in the sector. Based on information in the CSCSC’s occupational standards – 33 now available and a maximum of 15 to be developed through this project – a user will be able to identify his or her job-related strengths and, more importantly, deficiencies in order to determine where further education or training needs to be attained to promote career development. Similarly, a manager or company HR department could use reports generated from the tool at a macro level to direct investments in education or training where gaps are indicated.
Further, the assessment tool will link to the CSCSC’s Education and Training Compendium. With this resource, the user will be able to find education and training providers that offer programs in the areas where skills upgrading is required.
In choosing jobs for the development of new occupational standards, the CSCSC will focus on roles related to transportation – particularly in marine, port operations, rail (including intermodal facilities), pipelines and air cargo, as well as supporting functions involved in trade gateways and corridors on both coasts and mid-continent – trade, sourcing and global procurement.
Outcomes of this project are expected to include an expanded knowledge base to enable stakeholders to make more-informed decisions related to career development and skill shortages, and a larger skilled supply chain labour force, specifically in the emerging occupations supporting gateways and transportation corridors.
Long term, the project is expected to help firms in the supply chain sector address their growing demand for a more highly skilled workforce. In doing so, it will better position those firms to remain competitive in the global marketplace