Career Development Key to Keeping Quality Workers

Career Development Key to Keeping Quality Workers


Is your company struggling to retain quality workers? Many industries are feeling the challenge of a retiring Boomer generation and low levels of unemployment.

Per, “Prospective employees see career development as among the most important reasons to sign with —and stay with — with your organization.”

APICS Greater Detroit serves the local Supply Chain community by providing education and information needed to stay competitive.

Read more on how your company can offer essential career development programs to attract and keep your skilled workers.

As we’ve been hearing for some time, manufacturers in particular are struggling to find enough workers. In fact, the inability to attract and retain a quality workforce remained respondents’ to National Association for Manufacturers Outlook survey in Q4 top concern for the ninth consecutive survey.

Does your company currently offer career development opportunities? Software analysis and review site Better Buys conducted exclusive research into what companies are offering employees and what those employees really value the most.

Over 2,000 respondents shared their views with Better Buys. Key findings included:

  • 92% of employees think having access to professional development was important or very important.
  • 78% of employees have access to professional development.
  • Tuition reimbursement is the second most desired professional development opportunity by employees but ranked fourth for what employers offer.
  • Employees with professional development opportunities are 15% more engaged.
  • Employees with professional development opportunities have 34% higher retention.

At APICS Greater Detroit, we are focused on delivering educational programs that help individuals grow in their careers and produce results for their companies.

One such example is Arsalan Hussain, CSCP, CSCA, MBA(SCM), Manager Supply Chain for Indus Motor Company, Ltd.. Arsalan shares below how CSCP certification training helped him in his career and saved his company money.

Why did you decide to pursue the APICS CSCP certification?

Supply Chain is a pool of opportunities. If you love your job, then passionately achieve your tasks!


How did you prepare for the APICS CSCP exam?

Side by side during office hours by creating references with practical examples.


What was your biggest takeaway from APICS CSCP training?

I learned end-to-end supply chain connectivity. That helped me in automating the entire procurement process flow of the system.


How has an APICS certification impacted your career or organization?

Soon after completion of my certification, I was transferred to the role of Procurement and Analytics. Within 2 years I was promoted to Manager Supply Chain.


Have you implemented a supply chain initiative at your organization as a result of your APICS CSCP training?

I designed a management dashboard after gaining in-depth knowledge from CSCP. This dashboard has end-to-end data and KPIs visibility which is used by Top Management for reporting. Saving of approx. 1.3 million rupees per anum was recorded.


What are other benefits of APICS certification?

It gives a helicopter view which one cannot get being at a specified job role. CSCP broadens the thinking ability.

Like Arsalan, thousands of supply chain professionals and companies have appreciated the career development opportunities, cost savings and revenue growth APICS certifications have been proven to provide. Read more APICS Certification success stories.

APICS Greater Detroit serves the local Supply Chain community by providing education and information needed to stay competitive. We offer certification classes throughout the year and have a CPIM 2 VIRTUAL class and CSCP In-person and Virtual class both starting in March! More information is below.

Interested in leveraging APICS expertise within your corporate training programs? We can help develop and deliver content proven to help you lower costs and improve revenue! Learn more about our custom corporate training programs or contact us via email at:

We look forward to helping you attract and retain quality employees in 2020 with career development opportunities!

APICS Greater Detroit also offers globally recognized certification programs throughout the year for individuals and companies looking to improve their supply chain management efforts. Please contact us via email at: with questions on our offerings and how they can help your company prepare for global changes.


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