SIMCOE, Ont. — KRTS is now offering its Professional Dispatch Course at Fanshawe College in Simcoe, Ont., an hour southwest of Hamilton.
The four-week program includes in-class, computer base training, e-Learning, and also has an in-truck component.
Everyone talks about the shortage of drivers in our industry. Statistics released said we need 50,000 drivers annually. There has been little concentration on what type of internal pressure this will put on the trucking companies and the need for qualified entry level dispatchers, said Kim Richardson, president of KRTS.
Several industry players have helped support the programs construction, including MacKinnon Transport, L.E. Walker, Laidlaw, OK Transportation, Bison Transportation and Labatt Breweries.
KRTS, in partnership with Fanshawe College in Simcoe, now offers two accredited programs, the Class AZ PTDI (Professional Truck Driving Institute) Certified Driver Course and now the Professional Dispatch Program.
Not everyone wants to enter the industry as a professional driver. There are a number of excellent opportunities for a career path in trucking becoming a professional dispatcher is one of them, Richardson said.
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