Athabasca University, with leaders from government, industry and academia participated in the launch of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporter’s official announcement of their Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence on November 24, 2014 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The Centre’s mandate is to support the growth of the province’s manufacturing sector through training, thought leadership and the sharing of best practices.
At the launch event, Dr. Alain May, MBA Program Director, spoke about an exciting new partnership between Athabasca University, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and Saskatchewan Polytechnic to offer a Manufacturing Management Certificate (MMC) in April 2015.
Dr. May said, “According to the results of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporter’s 2014 Management Issues Survey, labour and skills shortages remain the number one challenge facing Saskatchewan manufacturers. But when you look at where those shortages are taking shape, you may be surprised. While, by volume, deficiencies in the skilled trades will undoubtedly remain the most prevalent; the occupational segment with the largest growth-of-need over the next three years is actually in management — jumping from 25 per cent in 2014, to well over 50 per cent by 2017.”
The Manufacturing Management Certificate will be designed to develop and nurture new managers and supervisors from within existing manufacturing operations. The curriculum will focus on the basic competencies and concepts paramount to long-term supervisory success — from business and financial literacy to safety and HR management to continuous improvement. Delivered in the same collaborative online environment as all of AU’s graduate management programs, it prepares students for the challenges of management without requiring them to travel to classroom sessions.
Feature Photo From Left to Right Dr. Larry Rosia, Pres & CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Honourable Bill Boyd, Economy Minister, Tom Kishchuk, Chair Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council, Derek Lothian, VP, CME/Executive Director Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council