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Sheridan College Unveils New Industrial Program

November 18, 2019 | By MRO Magazine

Sheridan’s Continuing and Professional Studies division announced a partnership with power transmission representatives to offer a 16-week, Industrial Distribution Program (IDP) focused on the distribution of bearings, power transmission products and other industrial parts. The program comprises eight weeks in class, followed by an eight-week paid work placement.

“Sheridan has long recognized its role in preparing graduates who can meet the emerging needs of industry. We’re committed to engage with employers and our communities to strengthen learning-integrated work, and co-create new approaches for hands-on learning and continual development,” said Hazel McCallion, Chancellor of Sheridan College. “The Industrial Distribution Program is a perfect example of this commitment in action. It also exemplifies the agility and capacity of our Continuing and Professional Studies team to work effectively with industry partners to meet their reskilling, upskilling and employment pipeline needs.”

The Sheridan IDP will be sponsored by an industry sector educational partnership, including: NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada, Tsubaki of Canada Ltd., Continental, Regal Beloit Corporation and BDI Canada Inc. Instructors from each organization will present workshops as part of the IDP curriculum.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Sheridan College,” said Jos Sueters, Vice President, Tsubaki of Canada Limited. “The Industrial Distribution Program will allow us to acquire a skilled and effective workforce by targeting new workers who will have a greater propensity and incentive to stay with a company in their community. This program will allow us to hire and build people out of a program and into a job, which is an excellent value proposition for Tsubaki.


Courses will focus on the key functional disciplines relevant to distribution, giving students the opportunity to link classroom instruction with hands-on training in a company within the industrial machinery segment. Course workshops will feature distribution management, territory sales, marketing, negotiation skills, inventory management, sales management, human resources, leadership and information technologies.

“NTN has a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility and always takes an active role in the communities in which we do business,” said Paul Meo, President and CEO, NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada. “We are excited about the opportunity for NTN to partner with power transmission industry leaders in Canada to enable students at Sheridan College to advance quickly from the Industrial Distribution Program into a career in the bearing transmission industry.”

Upon completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to apply for eight-week paid work placements with manufacturers and industrial parts distributors of bearings and mechanical power transmission products.

The program will be delivered at Sheridan’s Davis Campus in Brampton, Ontario starting on January 6, 2020.

“The Industrial Distribution Program is a dynamic educational program that will broaden the knowledge of many students coming into the power transmission market place and provide Continental ContiTech with a source of well-trained job candidates to support our future business growth,” said Cindy Russell, Sales Director Canada, Continental ContiTech.


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