Contract Training Rebounds From Pandemic


St. Clair’s Corporate/Contract Training Division appears to be rebounding nicely after its profitable progress was sidetracked by the pandemic.

An update on this college department was presented to the Board of Governors during its October 25th meeting.

The report’s preface explained that “St. Clair College's Corporate and Professional Training division extends the college’s programs and training services to business and industry. This division specializes in providing the kind of learning and training that is required by companies who view employee skills enhancement and education as a business tool to maintain their competitive edge in the global marketplace. St. Clair College’s Corporate and Professional Training Programs are custom designed to fit industry’s specific needs, delivering affordable, results-oriented training, both nationally and internationally.”

That means that if a company requires specific, highly specialized training for a group of employees – for example, teaching a group of workers a new type of computer software – the college will prepare a curriculum for a course of a few weeks in duration, and either deliver the instruction on-site to the workers or have them come to campus to be taught in a college classroom.

After declines in Corporate Training revenue during the pandemic years of 2020-21 and 2021-22, the department is back on track to achieve – indeed, surpass – its annual profit-increase target of three percent. Currently, midway through the year, it has already exceeded its 2021-22 six-month revenues by 11 percent (see accompanying graphic).

In fact, after the past couple of years of forced “hibernation” by companies and their employees, it is thought that there will be a significantly increased demand for that postponed training this year and for the foreseeable future.

The report noted: “St. Clair College continues to deliver customized corporate and professional training for several key local and global businesses, including Windsor Regional Hospital, the City of Windsor, Ford Motor Company, Hiram Walker, the Greater Essex County District School Board, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor (WEST), as well as a number of Tier 1 and 2 suppliers to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Our advanced manufacturing knowledge and training programs afford us the ability to continually seek new opportunities.

“While there have been several additional Corporate Training clients/employers, a new training project of note was for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent that commenced in March 2022 and was completed in June 2022 for Early Childhood Education. St. Clair College provided customized training to assist with the dire need for (those) workers in Chatham-Kent.

“In addition, with a successful track record of delivering apprenticeship aptitude testing in Windsor and Essex County for a number of key local employers, Corporate Training was able to support this initiative for General Motors at their Oshawa plants in order to select the most suitable candidates for their internal apprenticeship program.”


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