Ontario injects $1.3 million into truck driver training for underrepresented groups

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The Ladies’s Trucking Federation of Canada (WTFC) has acquired a $1.3-million funding from the federal government of Ontario to ship free truck driver coaching for underrepresented communities in trucking.

Throughout this Bridging the Gaps in Trucking program, practically 200 hours of coaching might be supplied to 54 ladies, newcomers (together with immigrants from Ukraine), and different underrepresented teams within the business to acquire AZ or DZ licences and discover jobs, Premier Doug Ford introduced June 27 in Ayr, Ont.

“Our trucking business is so vital in each sector, each business in our province. Whether or not it’s getting supplies to building websites or items to shops, truck drivers play a crucial function in maintaining our financial system transferring and constructing Ontario. That mentioned, ladies make up 2% of the truck drivers in our province. That’s simply not adequate,” mentioned Ford, including that Ontario is dealing with a ‘historic’ labour scarcity, together with 6,100 job vacancies within the trucking business.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford poses with Shelley Walker, CEO of the Ladies’s Trucking Federation of Canada. (Photograph: Krystyna Shchedrina)

Amid such circumstances, this initiative is well timed in each eradicating obstacles to employment and supporting Ontario’s financial system, mentioned Shelley Walker, WTFC’s CEO.

To take away obstacles to entry, contributors might be eligible to obtain as much as $1,000 for transportation and childcare help, $300 for tools, and a $400 weekly allowance.

Funding for underrepresented teams

Whereas Ford factors out that it will assist get extra ladies into the trucking business, Walker emphasizes that is non-gender funding for all of the underrepresented teams in trucking, together with youth in danger.

“We’re working with a Solicitor Normal’s workplace; I’m serving to these which were beforehand incarcerated to seek out significant employment and provides them a second likelihood,” she shared.

This system itself will begin with two weeks of soppy abilities coaching delivered by WTFC, adopted by eight to 9 weeks of in-truck coaching at DriveWise within the GTA, Crossroads Truck Coaching Academy in Ottawa, Transport Driver Coaching in Kitchener, and Ontario Truck Driving College in London, Walker mentioned.

As soon as coaching is accomplished, a four-week job placement with a service group chosen by WTFC will observe.

The province had introduced the primary cohort of in-person coaching begins July 1, however Walker shared closing particulars of this system are but to be finalized.

The funding comes via the Abilities Improvement Fund, the federal government’s $700-million initiative aimed to help applications that present job seekers with the coaching and abilities required to get well-paid jobs in Ontario and help the province’s financial development.

Trucking investments proceed

The federal government will proceed investing within the trucking sector, mentioned Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, immigration, coaching and abilities improvement.

“Truckers are the on a regular basis heroes who preserve the wheels of our financial system turning, and we have to guarantee extra individuals have an opportunity to discover these purpose-driven careers,” he mentioned.

“I used to be proud to make Ontario the primary province in Canada to ensure truckers the correct to entry washrooms, and our authorities will proceed to put money into coaching to make sure everybody in our group will get a shot at incomes larger paycheques for themselves and their households.”

WTFC is at present accepting functions for the coaching program. These taken with making use of for the Bridging the Hole in Trucking can accomplish that by sending an e-mail applications@wtfc.ca.

WTFC additionally welcomes emails from carriers keen to assist program trainees with job placements.

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