CCI Launches Workforce Development Courses in Canada
By Shannon Kloet, Director of Training Services
Cannabis Compliance Inc.
Cannabis Compliance Inc (CCI) is proud to announce its inaugural launch of its own proprietary workforce development programs in Canada. According to Forbes, cannabis is the fastest growing job category in North America – but from what we’ve seen in the last several years in Canada, the emerging workforce doesn’t have the skill set to transition into the cannabis sector. Our courses have been developed “by industry, for industry” with the help of licensed producers across Canada. For those looking to secure employment in this booming industry, enrollment in CCI’s courses is a sure path to success.
Our programs are unique. We began development in mid-2017 and followed the “dacum” process (rough acronym for “develop a curriculum”) similar to what is used for developing competency-based programs. Through the dacum process, we have had enthusiastic participation from many subject matter experts in the Canadian cannabis space help us answer the question “what does a person need to be able to do for this specific job?”. Out of this rigorous process, we have developed 4 programs and three special topics courses launching between April and July, providing our students with competencies in the core areas of quality assurance, production and retail management.
On April 16th, our inaugural launch will provide a course specifically for the media. Written by David Brown, this course aims to provide them with a strong foundation of knowledge surrounding the history of cannabis in Canada. The course is offered free of charge, for a limited period, to anyone in the media.
We chose an online platform for deploying our courses to serve the needs of students looking to work with Licensed Production facilities spread out all over Canada, often in rural settings. While there are many institutions that offer online courses in cannabis, ours are unique in that they are asynchronous, instructor-led and academically rigorous. CCI is the largest global consulting firm in the cannabis space, and our internal subject matter experts will be the instructors for our courses. For example, Nico Haché is a full-time cultivation consultant with CCI, who previously worked as the Director of Operations at Organigram, a licensed producer in New Brunswick. Nico is well known for his enthusiasm and long expertise working in commercial horticulture and licensed cannabis production, offering real-world feedback to our students entering the cultivation space.
Given that Cannabis Compliance is the largest and most experienced group of subject matter experts in the industry, our instructors are always on the bleeding edge of best practices and Health Canada compliance. No other academic institution has, or will have, this depth of current knowledge and expertise behind its course offerings.
CCI has also adapted a skills recognition badging system. After successfully completing a course, our students receive a digital “badge” which represents their level of training. The badging system plays an important role in helping licensed producers qualify their prospective hires, regardless of a person’s previous education or employment. Our three levels of badges (Apprentice, Intermediate, Master) can be placed on social media and other online platforms to advertise their competencies.
Over the last several years, hiring (and retaining) skilled employees has been one of the most pressing concerns in the industry. CCI is the leading recruitment firm in the Canadian cannabis space, and we’ve seen first-hand how challenging it is to qualify prospective hires. Beyond this, licensed producers usually have to spend considerable internal resources to train new hires, which means operational downtime. Our online programs help respond to this need for training new employees.
Recently I was speaking at a conference in Calgary, and a young woman posed a question to our panel – she asked how we dealt with the stigma of working in the cannabis space. As an industry, we certainly have to earn our credibility with the greater public. Before joining CCI, I spent over 20 years working at a publicly funded university, leaving it behind to pursue my own passion in the cannabis space. I feel that removing the stigma from cannabis is largely going to happen through education – whether to the general public, or through quality training programs. Ultimately the industry is going to change the narrative of this story, and CCI is passionate about empowering the future workforce to make that happen. Together we will raise the bar.
For more information about our workforce training programs please contact Shannon Kloet at firstname.lastname@example.org