HPA NEB column – Jan 2017

HPA and Mohawk partnering to connect people with transportation industry jobs

Mohawk College and the Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) have partnered to help connect students with employment in the transportation sector.

Hamilton’s transportation network is a major part of the city’s unique economic advantage, with access to road, rail, marine and air modes for the movement of goods. At the Port of Hamilton alone, more than 2,100 people work in a variety of transportation-intensive industries. Jobs in these companies require a sophisticated and evolving set of skills. Employees with these capabilities are in high demand, but the path to employment in some cases can be difficult to navigate. HPA and Mohawk are working together on initiatives to help students along the road to transportation careers:

NEW Supply Chain Management Program

Mohawk and HPA are pleased to announce the launch of a new Post-Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management, with the first students starting in January 2018. The program is designed to teach students about how goods flow within an organization, from raw material suppliers, to the end consumer. A new $20,000 tuition-support fund from HPA will directly assist local students enrolled in this program in the coming years. HPA is also working with port-located companies to create co-op and internship placements to complement the program. To apply, visit: www.mohawkcollege.ca.

Support for Skilled Trades through CitySchool by Mohawk

HPA is working closely with CitySchool by Mohawk to create a pathway to jobs in the skilled trades. Backed by a $10,000 HPA contribution to CitySchool’s mobile classroom, CitySchool offers a free, on-site introduction to welding, an in-demand skill among Hamilton’s industrial employers. Located at the Eva Rothwell Centre on Wentworth St. in Hamilton’s North End, this partnership aims to create employment connections for local residents to employers located nearby, on and off the port lands. To learn more, visit: www.mohawkcollege.ca/cityschool.

This partnership is in step with the goals of Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, which identified the need for greater alignment between employer needs and labour force skills development.