Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Universities Broaden Training for Transportation, Logistics

Universities Broaden Training for Transportation, Logistics
(Canadian Transportation & Logistics – Jan Westell)

About 86,000 people will be needed annually to fill the void left by retiring workers, and surging demand in areas such as the railway industry and others, according to organizations that track the sector – such as the Van Horne Institute at the University of Calgary, according to CanWest news service.

After trying to launch a transportation and logistics program a few years ago at the U of C that focused on social sciences, Peter Wallis, president of the Van Horne Institute, is now working with the Haskayne School of Business at the same university, to develop a bachelor of commerce degree with a transportation specialization.

Wallis believes the general public has a narrow view of what types of skills are needed in the transportation and logistics field, typically thinking of warehouse workers or truck drivers, without recognizing the vast spectrum of other occupations within the field.

"We're now in the process of designing it and working with industry, so people have a broader understanding of supply chain and operations management," he said.

Since Alberta's economy remains strong and is geographically situated as an inland transportation hub, Wallis considers it a perfect location to develop this type of program. …

Read the complete article at http://www.ctl.ca/issues/ISArticle.asp?id=84162&issue=05122008

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