Newcomers, youth and those with little or no post-secondary education may be eligible for a new material-handling program at Mohawk College’s City School.
A new partnership between Mohawk and three other colleges across Canada — Nova Scotia Community College, Red River College, Vancouver Community College — will help students fast-track into careers in the supply chain sector.
“Employers in the supply chain sector are suffering from labour shortages and disruptive technologies have left some workers behind,” Ron McKerlie, president and CEO of Mohawk College, said in a May 3 release.
The $1.1 million in funding, which comes from federal agency the Future Skills Centre (FSC), will provide training for 243 people — more than half of them at Mohawk.
“Material handling is a sector in transition. People in this field will need to upgrade their skills to work in the supply chain sector in the future,” Fiona Deller, chief operating officer of the Future Skills Centre, said at an announcement on Monday. “The digital transformation that is disrupting all industries is also affecting this one. But these changes are also creating new opportunities.”
The program involves six weeks of job-specific training, followed by a two-week paid placement with local companies involved in goods movement, such as couriers and industrial manufacturers.
In Hamilton, seven students — identified through Ontario Works and community agencies — started the program on May 3. Students can apply online for one of two cohorts over the summer semester. The college expects to offer skills training to a total of 135 students during this two-year pilot.
“Our hope is that it proves successful enough to receive renewed support,” spokesperson Bill Steinberg said in an email to The Spectator.
The first cohorts at other colleges will begin in the fall.
Mohawk’s City School, launched in 2015 at the Eva Rothwell Centre on Wentworth Street North in the Keith neighbourhood, offers tuition-free skills-training courses. Priority is given to those with no post-secondary experience and those who are unemployed, underemployed or receiving government assistance.
Kate McCullough, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator