EDMONTON, Alta. — Alberta Transportation has kicked $550,000 into the pot to help launch a comprehensive truck driver training program in Alberta.
The program, spearheaded by the Transportation Training & Development Association (TT&DA), will be launched by next year. Currently, the TT&DA is working closely with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) to develop a curriculum.
The new program will consist of six weeks of classroom and driving instruction followed by a six-week practicum with a mentor. The student will then spend the remainder of the year completing an internship where they will gain more hands-on experience.
The contribution by Alberta Transportation will help assist in the development of the new training certification program. Alberta Transportation is also working to develop a special designation that students who successfully complete the program will have on their drivers’ licence.
"This is another education program to improve traffic safety,” said Ed Stelmach, Minister of Transportation. “A healthy commercial carrier industry with well-trained drivers is extremely important to Alberta’s highways.”
Cliff Soper, TT&DA executive director, says “There is a demand for experienced commercial vehicle operators in Alberta. This program focuses on giving drivers the tools they need to meet the challenges of their profession.”
In addition to driving skills, students will also learn about load securement, fatigue management and the requirements of the Canadian and U.S. National Safety Code.
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