MONTREAL, Que. — The Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC) has launched a new Web site, an online effort to offer information about a wide range of career opportunities available within Canada’s trucking industry which are not exclusive to driving.
The Web site (truckingcareers.ca) has been designed to guide Canadians from all walks of life about the “exciting and dynamic” and plentiful career opportunities available within the trucking industry, according to CTHRC executive director, Linda Gauthier.
“The truth is, that the trucking sector is filled with companies that are always on the lookout for fresh talent,” she says. “While there is a high demand for drivers throughout the country; there are also, so many other people acting behind the scenes to make this industry work.”
The CTHRC is concerned that when people think of “trucking,” they think of “drivers” first, which is just a portion of the industry opportunities, says Gauthier. “And that’s logical, because they are the face of our industry. However, truckingcareers.ca aims to change that perception, by putting all the different careers on equal footing.”
The CTHRC encourages visitors to browse the web site, and learn about the many other career opportunities, including high-paying, challenging jobs that differ greatly from one-to-the-next, according to Gauthier.
“There are ample opportunities to become a driver, but visitors to the site will also be excited to learn about the career potential in vehicle maintenance, fleet operations and cargo management.”
Information about supporting the overall industry through one of the allied trades, is also a focus of the new Web site, which was a collaborative process. Industry feedback was considered from driver training schools, trucking companies and industry associations across the country. The result is a “more focused site” that highlights all the positions that are unique to the industry in four career streams: driving, maintenance, cargo and operations, states the CTHRC.
In support of the CTHRC and its new site, Paul Dean, CEO of Kriska in Prescott, Ont. says: “Trucking is here to stay, and there are all kinds of opportunity – not just (for) drivers, but (for) key positions within the industry. So if you get in it: you work hard, and understand the business. There’s lots of opportunity to advance and be well rewarded.”
The CTHRC is an incorporated not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government, in an effort to assist the Canadian trucking industry to recruit, train and retain the human resources needed to meet current, and long-term requirements.
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