CASTLEGAR, B.C. — With B.C.’s recent decision to open its provincial nominee program (PNP) to long-haul truck drivers, training institution Mountain Transport Institute (MTI) has launched a new program to pre-screen prospective hires before they arrive in Canada.
The company has partnered with Marmicmon Integrated Marketing and Communications of Okanagan Falls, B.C., to “facilitate the integration of foreign professional drivers into Canadian trucking companies.”
Under the partnership, Marmicmon’s Michael Patterson has agreed to work with governments overseas to recruit professional drivers with at least five years’ experience on behalf of Canadian firms. Marmicmon officials say their company specializes in the Canadian immigration process and can work with carriers across the country to fill vacancies.
Once the carriers have interviewed and selected appropriate candidates, MTI will then travel to their country and perform driver evaluations to measure their suitability for the Canadian trucking environment.
Candidates who do not have the skills to safely operate in Canada will be rejected from the program (until they can improve), while the drivers who meet the standards will then be provided with training on Canadian log books, weights and dimensions, pre-trip inspections, air brakes, etc., in preparation for their arrival in Canada.
Once the drivers arrive in Canada, they’ll be welcomed by MTI’s Castlegar facility for the balance of their training, licensing, medicals, etc., before joining their new employer. At this point, Marmicmon will assist the drivers with housing and getting them set up in their new communities, the companies announced.
“Marmicmon and MTI have partnered on this venture to help Canada’s trucking industry safely and efficiently access experienced overseas drivers without interrupting their daily business and ensuring the skills of the individuals actually match what’s on their resume,” the companies said in a release.
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