ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors: CACD launches new education program

12 July 2013 09:47  [Source: ICB]

The Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors (CACD) has launched a new educational course - the Chemical Supply Chain Management (CSCM) Program - to address several important issues.

Certain knowledge gaps in the chemical industry are presenting challenges today and in the future. First, there is a lack of succession planning and as a result, the potential loss of corporate memory in the chemical supply chain. There is also a strong need for professional development and expertise, along with critical regulatory knowledge.


The fact is that corporate labour and skill shortages are the greatest threat to future prosperity

The fact is that corporate labour and skill shortages are the greatest threat to future prosperity. One business outlook for 2011-2012 noted that 29% of firms reported that labour shortages are restricting their ability to meet demand. This was the highest in three years and will worsen as Baby Boomers (retiring by 2021) and part of Generation X exit the workforce by 2030.

The Millennial Generation (born 1977-1992) will make up 50% of the workforce by 2016. Rapid changes in technology and global competition will further increase demands for highly skilled, well educated workers who can develop the new technologies and bring them to market.

More than ever in history, it is necessary for business and individuals to embrace life-long learning through education, training and re-training.

The CSCM education program is organised into three semesters. Each semester consists of specific areas targeted to the students enrolled.

Semester one is recommended for executives, operations and sales and marketing employees, foreign supply chain partners, and regulatory staff. The first term is a high level review.

Semester two and three will provide a comprehensive study and understanding of regulations and management programs, including Responsible Distribution and Responsible Care.

Each semester, whether online or in-class, will consist of case studies, peer-to-peer learning through discussion forums and closed-book examinations. The students will be required to sustain a passing grade of 70% on all project work and examinations in order to successfully complete the semester.

We believe no education program with a similar scope exists. Please visit CACD's website at www.cacd.ca for more information on CSCM. The first semester will begin in September 2013.

Author: Cathy Campbell

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