Mohawk-Hamilton Port Authority partnership helps bridge transport sector skills gap
Mohawk College and the Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) are partnering 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, including:
- 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 C$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.
- Support for skilled trades through CitySchool by Mohawk. Backed by a C$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.
“The Port of Hamilton’s impact on the local and regional economy touches a wide range of sectors and skilled trades,” said Eisenberger. “Their partnership and contribution to Mohawk College with these programs brings immediate benefits to students, while at the same time helping to feed future employment needs. I’m proud to see one of our most vital economic engines working in tandem with an academic institution to practically create sustainable growth and new opportunities for our residents.”