VANCOUVER -- The UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing has released its Online Management Skills Training schedule for Spring 2019. Two modules, Quality Management and Control, as well as Sales and Marketing, will be offered starting April 1, 2019. Two additional modules, Business Finance and Investment Evaluation, along with Supply Chain Management, will begin on May 13, 2019.

Each module has email and phone support from a tutor. The management training program is in the form of a set of nine short, affordable online training courses for wood products manufacturers. Program development was undertaken by the Wood Manufacturing Council and it is open to all.

Costs are $445 CAD (six-week courses) and $495 CAD (eight-week courses). The modules each require about 35-45 hours of study over a six-week or eight-week period, depending on the module. They are developed specifically for the wood products industry, and include numerous case studies and industry examples. Graphics and diagrams are used extensively.

Participants can either take just one or two individual courses to fill a particular interest or gap in their knowledge, or choose any six modules (or five plus a supervised individual project) to obtain a WMC Management Certificate qualification. Each module is offered regularly and learners move through each course together, interacting and sharing information and experiences.

Other modules in the series include Marketing Green Products, Factory Layout and Equipment Justification, New Product Development, Production Planning and Safety/HR Management.

Who should attend? Entrepreneurs in the wood products industry who need to learn about and implement various management systems in order to delegate responsibilities and focus on business growth; management or supervisory-track employees within wood products companies of all sizes who need to gain new skills to move into positions of greater responsibility; employees who need to understand specific functions within their company in order to do their own jobs more efficiently (such as salespeople who need to understand how production decisions are made and vice versa) and people from non-wood products backgrounds who are preparing to take on supervisory or management roles in the industry.

The Wood Manufacturing Council is a National HR organisation that collaborates with industry, educators, trade associations and governments to implement human resource solutions to ensure the success of the Advanced Wood Processing sector in Canada. WMC works to identify the necessary skills and knowledge required to address key issues affecting the Advanced Wood Processing sector in Canada and develops products and training programs to address HR challenges for the future success of the industry.

Contact Richard Lipman, Wood Manufacturing Council, 613-567-5511 E-mail: [email protected], or Contact Jason Chiu at UBC CAWP  [email protected] or see

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