B.C. Truckers say: “Immigrant Drivers? Bring’em!”

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) has just been awarded a $196,000 grant to help fleets find and hire immigrant drivers more efficiently.

According to a statement from the BCTA, the Immigrant Employment Council of BC has announced 11 such projects designed to assist employers, industry and business associations develop programs for integrating skilled immigrants into BC workplaces.

The BCTA will be developing a driver vocational-assessment tool aimed at immigrant applicants as well as an employer licensing and training resource.

The tool will be designed to assess job-readiness in terms of technical skills, communications skills, customer-relation aptitudes and other important qualities. It will be tested on 25 immigrants who are pre-screened and actively seeking employment in the trucking industry.

The employer licensing and training resource will be a reference outlining the licensing and testing requirements, training regime, and other factors that employers identify as important information in assessing the qualifications of applicants with non-Canadian licences and/or experience.

BCTA will develop both projects over the next year for completion by March 2014.

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