Inside Logistics

Supply chain training now in eastern Ontario

St Lawrence College addresses demand for skilled workers


October 12, 2012
by MM&D staff

Cornwall, Ontario—St Lawrence College is offering a new supply chain education program next year.

Starting in January 2013 at the college’s Cornwall campus, the supply chain and logistics techniques program will teach students best practices and techniques so they will be able to step into the growing number of supply chain jobs available in eastern Ontario.

“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,” says Mark Boileau, manager of Cornwall Economic Development.

Cornwall promotes itself as a distribution hub centre of excellence, noting that a number of companies, including Walmart Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, the Benson Organization, Richelieu Hosiery, Canlyte, and American Standard have established DCs there. Other companies, such as  Sears Canada, Tim Horton’s and Giant Tiger also operate DCs in the surrounding region.

The course will run for 18 weeks. Fifteen of those will be spent in the classroom. Then students will get three weeks of job placement in one of the local DCs.

The program will be run by the school’s corporate learning and performance improvement division (CLPI). Some students who qualify for job retraining under the Ontario government’s Second Career program (which trains laid-off workers for jobs in different fields) may be eligible to receive funding to attend the program.