Last December 2018, the first module of the Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP) for Cargo and Freight Agent at Southwestern College concluded with the participation of eight apprentices. Apprentices from Casas International Brokerage, Inc. and Grupo- Logistics/Calexico Forwarding Inc. of California participating in the program. The second module started in January 2019 with Introduction to Business Logistics Management course at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa. The course instructor is Professor Bernardo Andrade, MBA, a long-term instructor of the Southwestern College International Logistics and Transportation Program and a Senior Logistics Manager at Dr. Bronner’s a top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America.
This second cohort of Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP) includes 11 apprentices who are working full-time and attending classes three times a week in a hybrid format. Through the On-the-Job Training (OJT), apprentices learn competencies associated with the Cargo and Freight Agent occupation, which has different titles in the industry including Cargo Agent, Documentation Clerk, Freight Broker, Logistics Coordinator, and others. Employers with apprentices participating in the program include CASAS International Brokerage, Grupo Logistics, local customs brokers and freight forwarders with offices in Otay Mesa, Ruffo de Alba Forwarders, LP, Otay Logistics, Inc and VA San Diego Healthcare System.
The San Diego CITD developed the apprenticeship program through a grant awarded by the California Community College’s California Apprenticeship Initiative – New and Innovative Grant Program. The CITD collaborated with local employers in logistics and international trade to develop the program standards, which were approved by the State of California’s Division of Industrial Relations’ Department of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS). Recruitment of apprentices and employers for the program is ongoing. For additional information about SCLAP, visit http://apprenticeship.sandiegocitd.org.