DAILY NEWS Oct 12, 2012 1:47 PM - 0 comments

St. Lawrence College to debut new logistics program in January

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CORNWALL, Ont. -- St. Lawrence College will be offering its new Supply Chain and Logistics Techniques program starting in January. Delivered on St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall campus, the 18-week program is comprised of 15 weeks of in-class instruction, followed by three weeks of field placement at 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, according to officials.

"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," said Mark Boileau, Manager of Cornwall Economic Development.

“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 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. "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. Other recent additions to Cornwall’s logistics community include distribution centres for Target and Shoppers Drug Mart.

 “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 Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. “This program from St. Lawrence College will help the sector meet its human resources and labour-market challenges.”

Officials say “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.

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