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New Supply Chain Employment Program and Micro-Credential launches this Fall for southern Alberta

Sep 19, 2019
For Immediate Release

Lethbridge, AB…Teamworks Career Centre, on behalf of the Alberta Ministry of Labour and Immigration, and in partnership with CITT (Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation) announced earlier today the launch of a new government funded employment program for unemployed Albertans to transition into new careers in supply chain. The supply chain industry has been identified as one of the fastest growing sectors in southern Alberta and will continue to create many of the new jobs of the future.

Eligible Albertans can participate in this 15-week employment program at no cost and will be able to maintain employment insurance benefits, if applicable, during training. “This new program is a tremendous opportunity for unemployed individuals of all ages and backgrounds to find employment in this valuable and growing sector” states Ryan Miller, President and CEO of Teamwork Training Ltd. “The program is also of significant benefit to many local employers who require supply chain related skills to grow their business.”

Today’s announcement will also include an exciting new partnership with CITT (Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation) and the development of a first of its kind Micro-Credential in Transportation and Logistics in Canada. The Micro-Credential will provide graduates with a nationally recognized industry certification and a head start towards a professional designation in supply chain. “We are extremely proud of our partnership with CITT in delivering their first supply chain related Micro-Credential program in Canada, continuing to highlight Lethbridge and region as a world class area for business”, states Miller.

With 200 plus businesses and over 3000 employees in the Lethbridge region, distribution of goods and services to the world plays a vital role in the southern Alberta economy with tremendous opportunity for growth. Recognizing an ever-changing need for skills upgrades, advancements and innovation in technologies, Logistics Manager for Meridian Manufacturing, Brad Beerling, believes this program will be a great way to match prospective job seekers with an industry looking for well trained and qualified employees. “This training is beneficial to both potential employees and employers. Employees will receive a wealth of knowledge and a better understanding of what exactly supply chain means in today’s world and as industry and employers, we can hire people with a desire and understanding of what it is we do.”

CITT President and CEO, Pina Melchionna, says there are public misconceptions about what supply chain involves and that this first of its kind Micro-Credential in Transportation & Logistics will help create better awareness on the topic. “Supply chain logistics as a discipline is seeing a surge in interest as businesses like Amazon and Apple have made it a key competitive differentiator. But the profession of supply chain management is still not well-understood by the general public. We’re thrilled that this program will provide both an entry into the field for those excited about the career path and a means of educating the public on such a vital component of the business world.”

With courses including Transportation, Logistics, Purchasing and Risk Management as well as job seeking skills like resume and cover letter writing combined with mock interview sessions, potential graduates will gain a wealth of information from this opportunity, including an Intro to Digital Literacy session provided by the Dhillon School of Business. Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Executive Officer, Cyndi Vos, believes these courses and skills will have many benefits to the region. “This new employment program is an important milestone for Lethbridge and our region. One that strengthens the region’s workforce in critical industries that provide an essential business function for our economic well-being”

Economic Development Lethbridge CEO, Trevor Lewington, commented on the collaboration it took to bring this Micro-Credential to fruition. “In April of 2018, CITT, The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and EDL hosted an industry round table to identify opportunities in the supply chain sector. Through those findings and by partnering with great local and national partners, this first of its kind opportunity is proof that when organizations work together it benefits the community in general, which is exactly what the Lethbridge, Brighter Together community brand represents.”

Economic Development Lethbridge is an arm’s length organization, supported by the City of Lethbridge, governed by a 31-member volunteer Board of Directors and managed by a team of professionals dedicated to promoting economic prosperity in Lethbridge.

Session start dates are September 30, 2019, January 27, 2020 and March 30, 2020. Individuals who would like more information on this new employment program can contact Teamworks Career Centre at (403) 382-3770 or find more information at

For more information, contact:
Ryan Miller
President & CEO 
Teamwork Training Ltd. 

Mark Neskar
Director, Marketing & Communications
Economic Development Lethbridge

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