October 20th, 2019

Partnership looks to create more jobs


By Kalinowski, Tim on September 20, 2019.

Dignitaries and participants applaud after cutting the ribbon on a new supply chain employment program Thursday morning at Meridian Manufacturing in the citys industrial park. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald

tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com

Thanks to a new partnership between Teamwork Training Ltd., the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT) and the Government of Alberta about 40 unemployed or under-employed people in the Lethbridge area could soon be entering the local workforce as supply chain logistics experts.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce the launch of the new employment training program, which will have its first intake of trainees on Sept. 30, was held at Meridian Manufacturing Inc. Thursday morning with special guests representing the local business community, the City and the provincial government on hand to mark the occasion.

“This program is fundamental because I think supply chain is an invisible industry,” explained CITT president and CEO Pina Melchionna, “but it supports every other industry. So any manufacturing, any producers of goods, requires an efficient supply chain to get their product to market. This program is an attempt at getting training for an upcoming skills force to be able to meet the challenge of a skills gap we have in the market.”

Ryan Miller, president and CEO of Teamwork Training Ltd., said the new industry-recognized micro-credential in transportation and logistics program will help fill a crucial need in southern Alberta. As the local economy grows and companies seek out new markets, he said, getting their products to those markets can be growth inhibiter. The new 15-week training program and subsequent micro-credential will give local employers confidence they can hire the graduates knowing they have a strong foundation in the supply chain knowledge required to help those companies be successful, said Miller.

“To launch programs that help get unemployed Albertans back to work, specifically in sectors which are the jobs of the future, is extremely exciting,” he stated. “There are so many sectors that have positions internal to what they do that touch supply chain. That’s why it is such a great opportunity to go ahead and really build that skill set of those types of resources, because they will work in a lot of the sectors and industries across southern Alberta.”

CITT will provide the training resources on the supply industry sector for the content of the employment program, and Teamwork Training Centre will provide the local business connections and job-hunting skills and resources for the graduates.

Melchionna said she hoped this year’s pilot project would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship between Teamwork Training Ltd. and CITT going forward.

“There will be 40 people in the first year,” she said. “We are hoping that this is going to be a longer-term relationship (between CITT and Teamwork). So if you think of it as a multi-year commitment, we have the potential to get a lot more people through the program.”

“We are hoping that upon graduation we have a 100 per cent employed graduating class,” she confirmed.

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