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This report gives an industry overview of air transportation, rail transportation, marine transportation and truck transportation, as well as supply chain management & logistics. The results of a survey with local goods movement sector employers is included.

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  • Careers in the Goods Movement and Supply Chain & Logistics

    Sector in Hamilton

    Make It Move It Ship It

    January 2012

  • Workforce Planning Hamilton recognizes and thanks the following individuals that assisted with Make it, Move it, Ship it: Careers in the Goods Movement and Supply Chain & Logistics Sector in Hamilton.

    Richard Koroscil, John C. Munro Hamilton International AirportJanet Balfour, Hamilton Port AuthoritySylvia Renshaw, City of Hamilton, Economic Development Norm Schleehahn, City of Hamilton, Economic Development

    A special thanks to the employers who took the time out of their busy schedules to contribute to this project with Workforce Planning Hamilton.

    Prepared by Rachelle Moore, Workforce Planning Hamilton

    Acknowledgements

    Make It Move It Ship It

    this document may be freely quoted and reproduced without obtaining the permission of Workforce Planning Hamilton provided that no changes whatsoever are made to the text and Workforce Planning Hamilton is acknowledged as author. the information presented in this report is current at the time of printing.

    The views expressed in this document do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada or the Government of Ontario.

    This Employment Ontario project is funded by the Ontario GovernmentCe projet Emploi Ontario est financ par le gouvernement de lOntario.

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    Executive Summary 4

    Introduction 6

    Methodology 8

    Air transportation 10

    Rail transportation 15

    Marine transportation 19

    truck transportation 24

    Supply Chain Management & Logistics 28

    Survey Results 34

    Findings and Recommendations 35

    Summary 36

    Appendix 37

    Endnotes 40

    Table of Contents

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    Careers in the Goods Movement and Supply Chain & Logistics Sector in Hamilton4

    For skilled workers ready for a rewarding career, Hamiltons Goods Movement and Supply Chain and Logistics sector is a bright prospect. It is an industry that thrives in the exact kind of environment Hamilton provides an established infrastructure with close proximity to major commerce hubs (Niagara region, toronto and the United States border). No other municipality in Canada is so ideally suited to all four major modes of transportation:

    the Supply Chain Management and Logistics subsector, which employs more than 13,000 people in Hamilton, is another key subsector outlined in this report.

    Despite an ideal environment for the Goods Movement and Supply Chain and Logistics companies, employers currently lack what all industries in the country lack today an abundant qualified workforce

    from which to hire. Overcoming the

    following human resources challenges could make the difference between a slowly growing sector in Hamilton and a booming one:

    Lack of awareness: Many job seekers know little about the vast career opportunities in this sector.

    Negative image: Of those who do consider this sector, many forego it because they see it as unglamorous, difficult or not family-friendly, thus missing

    out on rewarding careers.

    Aging workforce: In the subsector of Supply Chain and Logistics, the number of workers approaching retirement (17% in 2006) is slightly above the average for all occupations in Hamilton. this issue is also of particular concern in trucking where almost 60% of truck drivers are over 45 years of age. With low numbers of young workers entering the field, trucking faces

    an alarming labour shortage.

    Low percentage of local residents

    working in the sector. Despite large numbers of Hamilton residents looking for work in the sector, the majority of workers in the citys Air transportation and Marine

    Executive Summary

    Air the 24/7 John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is the largest courier/cargo airport in Canada.

    Water Hamilton Harbour is the busiest on the Canadian Great Lakes and 8th busiest in the country.

    Road Easy access to several major highways makes Hamilton a gateway for truck transport.

    Rail two prominent railway companies, Southern Ontario Railway and Canadian

    National Railway, currently operate in Hamilton.

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    transportation jobs commute, often in heavy traffic, from Halton/Peel, Toronto

    and other areas.

    Besides identifying gaps, this report by Workforce Planning Hamilton highlights opportunities to address the Goods Movement and Supply Chain and Logistics sectors HR challenges. the following is a summary of WPHs recommendations:

    Tap into local talent. Our research

    indicates an abundance of workers available locally. Figures from the 2006 census reveal there were 725 Hamilton residents working in or looking for work in Air transportation, 290 in Rail transportation and 55 in Marine transportation. Employers have at their ready a pool of skilled graduates from Hamiltons world-class institutions that

    offer apprenticeship, trades certificates or

    diplomas.

    Attract more career-seekers. It is important to promote the variety of high-

    paying careers in Goods Movement and Supply Chain and Logistics. the sector can revamp its image by highlighting the lucrative and interesting jobs, many of which offer opportunities for travel. Employers need to get on the radar of students and new entrants to the workforce.

    Improve transit options for commuters,

    and for people within Hamilton who

    travel to the airport in Mount Hope. How to get to and from work is a major consideration for new entrants.

    Plan for retirements. In Supply Chain and Logistics, an exodus of retirees will create new opportunities for new entrants. Employers must plan for new hires and find ways for experienced workers to

    impart their knowledge to the new workforce. In trucking, employers must find ways to attract skilled young workers

    to replace retirees.

    Workforce Planning Hamilton support workforce development in the Goods Movement and Supply Chain and Logistics sector. Other key partners are the many

    goods movement related associations, including MITL, Metrolinx, SOGC,

    TransHub Ontario and the Transportation

    Club of Hamilton. By addressing HR challenges, this sector may be poised to enjoy limitless possibilities in Hamilton.

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    Careers in the Goods Movement and Supply Chain & Logistics Sector in Hamilton6

    Hamilton has many advantages as a transportation hub. Hamilton harbour is the busiest on the Canadian Great Lakes. the citys position as the Niagara Gateway provides access to US markets, as well as direct links to major highways and rail lines. Having all four modes of transportation with the addition of logistics and distribution centres in one city, Hamilton offers many exciting opportunities now and in the future for goods movement industries and the occupations that support them.

    In 2005 the City of Hamilton introduced its Goods Movement Study, which identified this industry cluster as an

    important source for the citys economic growth and demonstrated Hamiltons potential as a regional intermodal transportation centre. In 2006, the provincial government identified Hamilton

    as a regional growth node in its Places to Grow strategy. Hamiltons location, existing industrial base and market accessibility have made it a major North American gateway for goods movement, logistics and supply chain operations. No other municipality in Ontario offers all four

    modes of goods transportation within its borders.1

    the goods movement cluster in Hamilton faces significant human resources

    challenges as we move into the future. While many sectors of the economy are

    faced with a tightening labour market due to retirements, for the Goods Movement and Supply Chain and Logistics industry this issue is compounded by its negative image. the City of Hamiltons Goods Movement Study noted issues concerning the appeal of transportation and warehousing as an occupational choice. the image of transportation, and the lifestyle choices often required, are not attracting young people at an adequate rate.2

    In order to thrive in Hamilton, this sector needs a strong workforce available for employers wishing to establish or expand their business in the area. Workforce Planning Hamilton supports workforce development in this sector.

    Introduction

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    the Workforce Planning Hamilton Goods Movement and Supply Chain and Logistics Report provides detailed labour market information profiles for the five key sectors

    driving the goods movement cluster in Hamilton. these include:

    the following pages delve into these sectors in some detail highlighting key occupations, education and human resources challenges in each sector.

    Air transportation

    Rail transportation

    Marine transportation

    truck transportation

    Supply Chain Management and Logistics, more specifically

    Manufacturing, Wholesale and Retail trades, and transportation and Warehousing

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    Careers in the Goods Movement and Supply Chain & Logistics Sector in Hamilton8

    For the purpose of this report the goods movement cluster focused on specific

    subsectors of transportation, including air, rail, marine, truck, as well as supply chain