With Canada’s rapidly expanding cannabis industry currently – and conservatively – valued at over $5 billion, business professionals are wise to take note of this booming sector.
Along with this expansion come exciting employment opportunities. While cultivation jobs often come to mind first when thinking about the nature of work in this sector, they actually represent only a piece of the picture. There is a strong demand for skilled professionals in the cannabis industry in areas such as policy development, accounting, law, public relations, packaging, marketing, project management, transportation, security and many more.
When Durham College (DC) spoke with established employers to learn more about what they need in employees, the resounding answer was core business skills and expertise PLUS a solid understanding of the cannabis industry. To meet this demand and help grow Canada’s qualified cannabis workforce, DC’s School of Continuing Education has taken the lead in developing and offering cannabis education courses.
In April 2018, DC announced its Cannabis Industry Specialization program. Created in collaboration with GrowWise Health – the country’s leader in medical cannabis education for doctors and patients – as well as industry heavyweights Ample Organics, Cannabis at Work, Molecular Science
Corp. and CannaInvestor magazine, this part-time studies program offers students a convenient choice between in-class delivery and interactive online simulcast. It has been designed to prepare professionals who may have already completed a diploma or degree in a business-related field, to pursue a career in the rapidly expanding cannabis sector, although everyone 19 years of age and older is welcome to register.
With Canada already established as a global leader in medical cannabis and now only the second country in the world to legalize adult recreational use on a national level, DC is continuing to lead in preparing professionals interested in management and non-horticultural roles. With the Cannabis Industry Specialization program, it will only become easier for employers to recognize the right candidates for their jobs.