Second Session of College Warehouse Worker Program Set

By Bob Peters
April 16, 2012

Warehouse Worker ProgramGiven the outstanding success of the inaugural class, the Cornwall Campus of St. Lawrence College is reoffering its Warehouse Worker Program. The Program helps prepare young people for employment in the logistics and distribution sector.

"The first Warehouse Worker program recently graduated 21 program participants and has proven to be an overwhelming success with a 100% completion rate," said Glenna Schaillee, Manager of Community Outreach and Corporate Learning for St. Lawrence College.  "Our next 8 week program is scheduled to begin on May 7th, and we are looking to duplicate that success".

The eight-week program is designed to provide students with the skills employers are looking for. Students will graduate with well-rounded knowledge and certifications in Forklift, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, WHMIS, First Aid/CPR and Safety Training. The course comprises about 240 hours of instruction spread out over 8 weeks. Students are typically in class from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday to Friday.

"This program is an excellent opportunity for people who are out of work and out of school," said Ms.Schaillee. "We have up to 25 seats available on a first come, first served basis."

An information session will be held Tuesday April 24 at 9:00 am at St. Lawrence College, in Cornwall.

The program is timely with the significant growth of the logistics sector in Cornwall. Target is currently building a new 1.3 million sq.ft. distribution centre in the Cornwall Business Park, and another facility is due to break ground shortly. These new facilities are expected to create hundreds of new jobs. Matrix, which operates the brand new Shoppers Drug Mart Distribution Centre is currently hiring. In addition to the above, SCM and the Benson Organization also operate large distribution centres in Cornwall.

"Logistics is a career that offers great opportunity for personal growth," said Bob Peters, Senior Development Officer with the City of Cornwall. "If a person can add more skills and qualifications to their resume, they will be more attractive as a candidate when companies are looking to hire."

"The Collge Warehouse Worker program provides education in key areas such as employability skills, safety and first-aid," added Ms. Schaillee. "These are all valuable skill sets for people looking to get a job in a distribution centre."

This program starts May 7, 2012 at the Cornwall Campus of St. Lawrence Collge. The cost of the program is $3,991 plus HST.

"If you are between the ages of 15-30, out of school, out of work, and not receiving EI, you are eligible to apply for funding for the program through Service Canada’s Individual Skills Enhancement Program," said Ms. Schaille. "Depending on an invidual's needs, it is not uncommon for the entire tuition to be covered, with additional support also available."

More details will be available at the Information Session on April 24th. Job Zone will be onhand at that session to help people with their applications.

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