OTTAWA, Ont. — Trucking HR Canada is introducing a new series of tools to help truck driving become a skilled occupation under Canada’s National Occupational Classification.
Truck driving is currently listed under the NOC as a “low-skilled” career even though professional driving requires lots of in-school and on-the-job training. However, this is not always reflected in job ads, training programs, and industry practice, Trucking HR Canada says.
“Every time a recruiter says no education required or no experience necessary, it implies the job is easier than it actually is,” Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada says.
According to Trucking HR Canada, the Canadian government makes structural changes to NOC codes every 10 years, and researchers are now reviewing job descriptions and career ads to identify the skills the trucking industry currently requires.
To help change this, the organization developed a new way to help employers create job ads that correctly depict the occupation’s requirements.
“More accurate job ads can help change perceptions about the driver occupation in our industry, and the level of skill at which they are recognized,” Trucking HR Canada says in a release. “In addition, it will help trucking companies attract and retain the qualified drivers they require in order to continue efficient and productive operations.”