CORNWALL, Ont. -- St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall campus will be hosting an information session to promote its new supply chain and logistics program this Friday.
The new 18-week program, which gets underway Jan. 7, aims to train students for entry-level positions in the supply chain and logistics field by introducing all aspects of the sector, both theoretical and practical.
Theoretical concepts discussed in the classroom will be further explained and developed during a three-week field placement component. Students will be placed at approved business within Eastern Ontario.
“There is nothing like practical hands-on learning especially when it takes place in the real world,” said William Tennant, program coordinator for St. Lawrence College. “Students get to see first-hand what the professionals are dealing with – the documents, the people, the product and the problem solving.”
A typical placement would see a student rotate through three job functions: shipping, receiving and warehousing. The student would work beside existing staff as if a new hire, dressing and working under the same conditions as the employees.
"There is a possibility that placements may lead to job offers as the employers get to see the students interact with existing employees,” Tennant notes. “This is a ‘free look’ for both the employer and the potential employee – the employer gets a chance to see the student’s capabilities, and the student gets to evaluate the workplace.”
“We recognize the importance of the supply chain management 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 important mandate in Cornwall we will act as an engine for regional economic development and provide key organizations with skilled people that will help their companies grow and prosper in the future.”
The public information session will take place at 12:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence College, Cornwall campus, Room M3530 Nov. 23.