MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — TST Truckload Express has been the push behind an entry-level training program geared specifically toward people who are interested in obtaining their AZ license and becoming a successful owner/operator.
Stan Morris, manager of driver services at TST Truckload Express, said this is a first for the Canadian trucking industry.
"For some time, our industry has recognized that there is a shortage of skilled drivers. In our case, where we hire owner/operators, we are facing the same situation. We decided to do something about it and I’m confident this program will work," he said.
TST has partnered with KRTS Transportation Specialists of Caledonia, Ont. to make this happen.
"Initially, I was wondering how this could be done, but now that we are getting down to the fine strokes I am confident we have created a program that will allow entry-level career minded people to become professional owner/operators," said Kim Richardson, president of KRTS.
The program has four modules: entry-level training and licensing that meets the PTDI criteria; on-the-job training with professionally trained coaches at TST Truckload Express; an owner/operator business skills course to educate the driver on the business side of the transportation industry; and ongoing coaching and education with TST staff and management.
The third party involved with this endeavor is Arrow Truck Sales, who has agreed to set up financial terms to lease/purchase equipment that will allow the owner/operator the opportunity for initial start up.
For more information, call Kim Richardson at 800-771-8171 or Tom Philips at 888-878-9755.
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