Detroit, America's automotive manufacturing headquarters, is working to revolutionize the industry once again. Wayne State University has announced a partnership with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) to develop degree and certificate programs for automotive supply chain industries. The Global Automotive Purchasing Supply Chain Network, or "Gap-Scan" will provide education opportunities to community college, undergraduate, graduate, and adult continuing education students, helping participants build the skill set to be active in the auto supply chain industry.
J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG, feels it is the only move: "It is imperative that we accelerate the development of our next generation of global purchasing and supply chain professionals by providing them with a skill set and lexicon honed to manage the industry's increasingly complex business challenges."
AIAG will provide participants with industry guidelines and training in global materials management, supply chain security, and quality management among others. Through the partnership with WSU's Mike Ilitch School of Business, participants will have access to undergraduate and graduate programs and courses, as well as opportunities for internships and international studies programs for Warehouse Management in China, Italy, Brazil, and Poland. The hope is that by providing access to existing programs in other countries will assist American services in streamlining supply chain management in the U.S.
An Unprecedented Collaboration
In a press release, Dr John C. Taylor, WSU's chair of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at the Mike Ilich School of business said he felt the changing market necessitated the need for such a program. "We have witnessed a strategic transformation of the automotive supply chain over the past 25 years. The rate of innovation in vehicle design, advanced manufacturing, and engineered materials has been truly remarkable and necessitated the creation of an unprecedented collaboration between industry and academia."
One goal of the program is to expand supply chains on US soil. According to IBISworld, the auto manufacturing industry has seen a 6.8% increase in revenue and needs a fast, efficient way to keep pace with demand, and the most economic way is to have a supply chain that is easily accessible. With that in mind, Gap-Scan will also offer two Supply Chain Logistics Management non-degree courses: an annual certificate program with an in-depth understanding of supply chain topics and a one-week lecture course with an emphasis on supply chain and warehouse management for professionals in the industry. Education on modernization techniques in place in the industry will help streamline continued growth and development.