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Trucking Reps. Talk About Entry-Level Driver Training

OTTAWA— Trucking industry representatives from across Canada are getting together to nail down the knowledge, skills, and abilities that truck drivers are expected have on the job.

It’s a step toward mandatory entry-level driver training and efforts to recognize truck driving as a skilled occupation.

“Each provincial association will invite a broad cross-section of industry members to participate in the [discussions],” says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “These moderated sessions will help us tap into their expertise so that we clearly understand what drivers need to know, and ensure that the information reflects regional realities.”

The sessions are part of the latest phase of the Driving the Future project, which is supported by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and every provincial trucking association. The end result will be a guide for truck driving schools when developing training programs, to ensure that graduating drivers are more employable and better meet the industry’s needs.

The discussions are scheduled in August, September and October.


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