The first cohort of the Supply Chain and Logistics Apprenticeship Program (SCLAP) was officially launched on October 15th with the start of the Principles of Importing and Exporting course at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa. The course is part of the apprenticeship program’s Related Supplemental Instruction, which is meant to enhance the on-the-job training (OJT) the apprentices receive through their employers.
This first cohort of SCLAP includes 8 apprentices who are working full-time and attending classes three times a week in the evenings. Through the 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 and Grupo Logistics, local customs brokers and freight forwarders with offices in Otay Mesa.
 
The Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade (DSNGT) and 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 DSNGT and 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.