Increased global inter-connectivity, coupled with the completion of the Panama Canal expansion gave Caribbean countries like Jamaica an opportunity to improve its economic status. Jamaica’s challenge was clear. Its investments needed to address the development of a sustainable workforce, adaptable to the changes of an emerging national industry. The goal was simple - position Jamaica to become one of the world’s most important logistics hubs. We identified three factors that underlay the challenge:
- The country’s source of logistics sector specialists in supply chain, humanitarian and emergency management, and coastal and tourism logistics were limited.
- Education and training targeting the sector were nascent and underdeveloped. While available programming touched on these newly required specialisms, few if any could deliver the skills needed to support sustained economic growth.
- National qualifications frameworks, program accreditation and recognition and post-graduate employment support systems for the logistics sector also lacked.
Create a world-class logistics management program that would supply the sector with an abundance of industry-ready employees and entrepreneurs by:
- Partnering with the Marine Institute (MI) and Excelsior Community College (ECC) to develop a degree in logistics management that focuses on the five most critical streams within the industry - supply chain, humanitarian and emergency management and coastal and tourism logistics.
- Designing demand-driven programs with a student-centred approach to teaching and establishing and maintaining industry partnerships.
- Integrating into all project activities a sustainable model of accessible, entrepreneurial, environmentally-aware education that’s in tune with the different learner needs among men and women.
- Establishing an employer engagement model that includes program advisory committees, work-integrated learning for students and post-graduate employment pathways.
Impact on the Client
- An enhanced Industry-relevant training program design model that is enabling better trained + highly employable graduates for industry.
- Supporting national development of its port development master plan through a steady supply of employment-ready graduates.