TRURO, N.S. — The Nova Scotia trucking industry is doing its part to improve the tarnished image of truck drivers by initiating the Professional Driver Certification program. The program was launched by the Nova Scotia Trucking Human Resource Sector Council (THRSC) March 23.
Norm Poirier of New Brunswick, Terry Pennell of Newfoundland, and Bob Gay, Dave Patton, and Dale Oakley of Nova Scotia became the first five Atlantic Canadians to be certified as ‘Professional Drivers’ under the program.
The drivers, who represent over 100 years of driving experience, driving safety and excellence, were highly trained and went through a rigorous certification and assessment process. They are now trainers and assessors themselves helping others to reach the designation of Professional Driver.
“These men are not only examples of the quality and depth of the trucking industry, but are also role models for others considering a career in this great industry,” said Dave Miller, THRSC chair. “If you want a higher than average paying job, that offers you challenges, rewards, opportunities for advancement, with a industry of support behind you, then the trucking industry is the place to be. Truck driving is a professional career, not just a job.”
The industry is looking to hire more than 3300 new employees over the next three years. Those looking for employment or wishing to participate in the program should contact Kelly Henderson, executive director of the THRSC, at 902-893-8410.
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