PMTC mentors connect students to trucking industry


The transportation trade is at all times looking out for expertise and carriers are consistently making an attempt to fill vacancies for certified drivers, mechanics, and workplace employees.

The Personal Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) Younger Leaders Group teamed up with Mohawk School in Hamilton, Ont., to supply a mentorship program to college students thinking about beginning a profession within the trade.

4 college students from the availability chain administration program – Valeri Sena, Casey Bruton, Siddharth Nair and Olawale Afolabi – have been chosen to be mentored after offering a resume and proof of volunteer work, attending an interview, and describing why they needed to hitch the trade.

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From left, Casey Bruton, Olawale Afolabi, Leanne Drummond, Valeri Sena Aguirre, and Siddharth Nair. (Picture: Provided)

Leanne Drummond, enterprise growth supervisor, CPC Logistics Canada; Stephanie Carruth, founder, Minds for Matter; Sud Malholtra, fleet options specialist – threat administration companies, Intact Public Entities; and Victor Pereira, vice-president of operations, Higher Collectively Group of Firms are offering steerage and mentorship.

“As an trade we learn about our shortages, we speak about it until we’re blue within the face, however there are only some folks which might be in search of methods to right that and convey folks into the trade,” says Drummond. “All of us must be in search of alternatives to assist unfold what our profession has carried out for us, discover methods to assist these coming into the trade.”

The worth of networking

The true worth of this system is in networking. College students obtained an opportunity to rub shoulders with seasoned trade professionals on the current PMTC convention, offering networking alternatives and perception into the enterprise.

The mentors supplied resume writing suggestions, practiced interview eventualities with the scholars and launched them to their colleagues and friends.

And there’s proof of success. Pupil Sena, who not too long ago graduated from Mohawk’s the availability chain administration program, has landed a job with a freight ahead forwarding firm and begins work quickly.

“When you find yourself a world scholar it’s tough to fulfill folks right here in Canada,” Sena says, added that her mentor Carruth carried out mock interviews together with her, boosting her confidence. “She at all times has a variety of time and recommendation for me.”

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Sud Malhotra (Picture: Provided)

Mentor Malhotra is aware of the challenges worldwide college students face as a result of he was one a couple of years in the past. He mentored scholar Nair, and says it was like taking a look at himself within the mirror.

“He [Nair] focuses on issues that I used to give attention to. He’s eager on volunteering, is aware of the worth of networking, absorbs info, and makes use of it.”

Malhotra says there weren’t many individuals providing assist when he began out and is eager to supply recommendation and encouragement. He added that the connections you make at conferences are essential. “It boosts your confidence and opens doorways,” he says.

PMTC president Mike Millian says the group’s members profit as a result of they get to select the cream of the crop to work for them. The scholars have been supplied free membership for a 12 months and attended the group’s convention, exposing them to the trade, members, and their corporations.

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Mike Millian (Picture: Leo Barros)

The scholars will probably be mentored till subsequent March. Millian says one other school has reached out to the PMTC and if this system is profitable, it might increase.

Current graduate Nair is thinking about sustainable logistics in trucking and will probably be pursuing a venture administration course. He says the mentorship program broadened his understanding of the trucking trade, together with compliance and security features.

He welcomed the networking alternatives saying that it will be tough to in any other case speak to trade professionals straight. “Logistics for graduate college students is sort of a large sea, and mentors have been like captains telling us what we should always do and what we should always keep away from,” he says.


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