OTTAWA, Ont. — In a response to addressing the trucking industry’s shortage of qualified workers, Trucking HR Canada, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, and provincial trucking associations have collaborated in a project that will soon establish the benchmarks for mandatory entry-level driver training across Canada.
Driving the Future is a three-year project led by Trucking HR Canada with support and funding from Employment and Social Development Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program. Its aim is to distinguish the steps an entry-level driver needs take in order to be certified, as well as clearly defining the skills that carriers expect out of their introductory drivers.
Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada, says the program will “make graduating drivers more employable, and better meet the trucking industry’s needs.”
“We are beginning a process that we believe will result in truck driving being recognized as a skilled occupation,” says David Bradley, CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, “which will enhance the attractiveness of the job and the industry while enhancing highway safety.”