From supply chain disruptions to fluctuating consumer demands, the logistic sector was hit hard during the pandemic. With markets starting to reopen, several logistics trends have emerged. First, there’s been a significant increase in online sales, which has put a significant strain on the logistics industry. Additionally, the increased demand for essential goods has led to supply shortages across the world. To top it off, more and more consumers are requesting contactless delivery options. While investments in automation and technology have helped to streamline many logistics processes, it has also led to a skilled labour shortage that is affecting both small and large logistic companies. With the demand so high, however, there are plenty of logistics job opportunities available for both skilled and unskilled workers.
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top logistics skills
1. transportation of dangerous goods
Transporting dangerous goods, such as explosives, toxins and flammable goods, requires adherence to strict rules and regulations set forth by Transport Canada. Employees handling these materials must maintain a Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) certification, which makes it a highly sought-after credential in the logistics industry.
2. commercial driver’s license
A standard driver’s license may be sufficient for local delivery drivers using smaller trucks or vans. However, long-haul truck drivers using commercial-grade trucks (over 11,000 kilos) must have a specialized driver’s license. While each province has its own licensing requirements, having a commercial license from any district is an excellent qualification to list on your resume.
3. material handling equipment
Material Handling Equipment (MHE) is an umbrella term used to describe any type of workplace vehicle, including forklifts, powered industrial trucks, and cranes. The more complex vehicle being certified for that higher level of training required. Employers actively seek candidates with MHE certification to avoid compliance issues.
4. workplace hazardous material information system
Health Canada requires workplaces to have an effective Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) in place to track the purchase, use, sale and disposal of hazardous materials. It only makes sense that logistics employers handling this type of material would look for candidates who are WHMIS certified and who have experience classifying and labeling various types of hazardous materials.
5. forklift certification
Forklifts are one of the most common vehicles used in the logistics industry. So, having enough certified forklift drivers is a must. While many employers offer forklift certification training, they also search for candidates who already have these credentials.
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