CSCSC e-Newsletter

February 20, 2014

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New Project to Reinvigorate the CSCSC

The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council has received funding for a two-year project, "Supply Chain Links," which will result in the creation of both a supply chain skills-assessment and ‑matching tool and 15 or so new occupational standards. The project is funded by the Government of Canada's Sectoral Initiatives Program.
The interactive self-assessment tool will be useful to individuals and employers in the sector. Based on information in the CSCSC’s occupational standards – 33 now available and a maximum of 15 to be developed through this project – a user will be able to identify his or her job-related strengths and, more importantly, deficiencies in order to determine where further education or training needs to be attained to promote career development. Similarly, a manager or company HR department could use reports generated from the tool at a macro level to direct investments in education or training where gaps are indicated.
Further, the assessment tool will link to the CSCSC’s Education and Training Compendium. With this resource, the user will be able to find education and training providers that offer programs in the areas where skills upgrading is required.
In choosing jobs for the development of new occupational standards, the CSCSC will focus on roles related to transportation – particularly in marine, port operations, rail (including intermodal facilities), pipelines and air cargo, as well as supporting functions involved in trade gateways and corridors on both coasts and mid-continent – trade, sourcing and global procurement.
Outcomes of this project are expected to include an expanded knowledge base to enable stakeholders to make more-informed decisions related to career development and skill shortages, and a larger skilled supply chain labour force, specifically in the emerging occupations supporting gateways and transportation corridors.
Long term, the project is expected to help firms in the supply chain sector address their growing demand for a more highly skilled workforce. In doing so, it will better position those firms to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

National Accreditation Program Ongoing

Through its National Accreditation Program, the Council continues to recognize well-planned and ‑executed supply chain education and training programs and courses available across Canada. Accredited offerings meet national standards developed by the Council in partnership with the Canadian Standards Association and with significant input from supply chain stakeholders.
  • Employers: Know that the education and training your employees are taking – and that prospective employees have taken – will meet your needs.
  • Post-secondary education and training providers: Demonstrate the quality of your supply chain program or courses and improve your competitive advantage for enrolment

Foundational Workplace Skills Training for the Sector

Conestoga College, in partnership with Bow Valley College, Douglas College and the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council, is delivering a national project called Stocking Up on Skills: Developing Literacy and Essential Skills for the Supply Chain. The partners will develop learner-centred curriculum to be available through a custom-made website. The goal is that, following the project, HR staff will be able to direct their companies' supply chain employees interested in learning or eligible for promotion to complete essential skills modules online.

Recent HR studies, including the Council's 2012 HR Study Update, have identified an increased need for workplace skills in the sector. Workers at all levels are expected to use technology much more than in the past. The complexity of the regulations governing sector activities has also increased significantly. Finally, concerns related to recruitment challenges and impending retirements suggest that workers will be required to assume new and expanded roles more quickly than in the past.

Essential skills are the skills needed to carry out a wide variety of everyday tasks, applicable to all occupations. Improving essential skills in the workforce has been proven to increase productivity; improve workplace safety; allow organizations to adopt new technology faster; improve capacity for learning; maximize the skills of the existing workforce; and help employees learn transferable skills in order to be more flexible in their jobs.
The project team is working with Independent Supply Company, Kitply Industries, Linamar Transportation and Triumph Gear Systems, and is seeking additional employers to participate in one or more of three ways:
  1. To join the advisory committee;
  2. To provide an opportunity for the project team to speak to employees about the benefits of the program; and
  3. To pilot all or part of the training program.
The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, and will run until May 31, 2016. For further information or to participate, contact Sherri Tryon, Manager of Workforce Access Programs & Conestoga Career Centre (Waterloo), Conestoga College, at or 519-772-4605, ext. 5604.

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Get Involved in the Supply Chain Links Project

Watch for news over the coming weeks about how you can get involved in the Supply Chain Links project. We'll require volunteers to help guide the project, to participate in roundtable reviews of the new occupational standards and more.

You Haven't Heard from Us for a While...

Since the end of September 2013, the Council has been quiet, essentially inactive. Any work done by "staff" has been on a volunteer basis, with the anticipation that project funding would be secured.
Now that funding for the two-year Supply Chain Links project is in place, we'll be able to ramp up activity quickly. Largely the same team as before, we know how to work together, we're familiar with the rules and procedures associated with spending government funds, and we understand the challenges that supply chain practitioners face in their work.
We look forward to working with you again in developing tools designed to alleviate some of the HR-related pressure on the sector.

Governments, Employers and Skilled Immigrant Employment Project

The Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the Maytree Foundation, is currently undertaking a Canada-wide research project, "Governments, Employers, and Skilled Immigrant Employment." The researchers would be grateful for the opportunity to speak with public, private and not-for-profit enterprises about their experiences interacting with government on the hiring of skilled immigrants.
The researchers' main interest in this study is to learn how government and employers can partner more effectively in supporting the employment of skilled immigrants, and ensuring that enterprises have access to the talent they need.
If you could be available for a half-hour discussion on this topic, contact Jill Shirey, at 416-946-3392 or, before March 21.

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