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TMTA enters partnership with Conestoga College to connect students with employers

WATERLOO, Ont. —  The Transportation Maintenance and Technology Association (TMTA) of Waterloo region revealed recently that it has entered into a Strategic Staffing Partnership (SSP) with Conestoga College  to provide its member companies with direct access to top Conestoga talent.

More than 50 regional companies are members of the TMTA and this customized referral process will give them a strong advantage over other organizations looking for skilled employees.Paul Bergsma, TMTA board member and SSP lead, said the member response has been positive with numerous companies already expressing interest in Conestoga’s talent pool.

“We’re excited about the potential this partnership brings,” said Stephen Speers, Motive Power Trades and Apprenticeship chair at Conestoga. “We are eager to see our students out in their employment placements.”

The SSP will first be available to students in Conestoga’s Truck and Coach and Heavy Duty Equipment Technician programs and will connect them with employers for long-term permanent work as well as seasonal, temporary and contract work based on availability while in school. There is no cost for either the student or the employer to participate.

“We want to build this partnership so it can be sustained long term,” said Bergsma. “In the future we may also be able to expand it. There are a wide range of opportunities in the transportation industry including technician, sales, marketing and accounting.”

“This partnership formalizes an existing relationship with Conestoga and it’s a partnership where everyone wins,” added TMTA president Jake Francis. “The students, Conestoga, the TMTA and our member companies will all benefit.”

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