GREEN BAY, WI – Shifting gears will soon be a thing of the past for Schneider.
In an attempt to attract younger drivers, and make it easier for potential employees to consider a job in trucking, the company is more than half-way to its goal of creating an entire fleet made up of trucks with automated transmissions.
ARLINGTON, VA – Is it possible to develop a tool that identifies young drivers who match the characteristics of safer, older commercial drivers? That’s something the American Transportation Research Institute is trying to find out – and it has unveiled the first phase of related research.
TORONTO, ON — Truck driver Ahmad Al Rasoul knew it was time to leave Syria the day the bedroom where his two-year-old son Joseph was sleeping got destroyed by a bomb. Miraculously, young Joseph remained unscathed, albeit covered in ashes. Rasoul, 46 at the time, and his wife Rasmia Al Mekhlef, had four other children and lived in Homs, a community badly wracked by the Syrian civil war. You’ve probably seen the skeletal remains of Homs buildings on the news. Since he got his licence at 22, Rasoul had been a truck driver and loves the work. But he’s still waiting to apply his skills in Ontario.
Discussions about a driver shortage tend to fade away when the economy struggles, but there is no escaping the fact that Canada needs to attract a new generation of drivers. A 2016 study – Understanding the Truck Driver Demand and Supply Gap – determined that for-hire fleets will need 34,000 more drivers by 2024, many of whom will be needed to fill seats once held by drivers who retire or quit. Solutions will involve reaching out to underrepresented groups like millennials and women. In the meantime, limits on Temporary Foreign Workers have effectively eliminated another option.
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VANCOUVER, BC – British Columbia’s transportation and construction industries will need to fill 110,000 jobs in the next decade – and truck drivers will be among those most in demand, according to Asia Pacific Gateway Labor Market Outlook 2016-2025.
KITCHENER, ON — Dave Taylor is a model employee by many measures. He has worked at Ontario-based Erb Transport for five years. He and his wife Fiona bought a home in Kitchener, commuting distance from the fleet yard, and their daughter Allanah attends Grade 10 at a local high school. “Dave comes in and does what he’s asked,” says Randy Steckly, corporate driver training manager.
VANCOUVER, BC – Take scores of Canadians with minor criminal records looking for work, combine them with a new federal government that’s hinted at relaxing the ropes of the pardon system, and it could create a new employment resource for the country’s truck driver shortage, a national pardon advocacy group claims.
OTTAWA – CTA says industry leaders need to show current and future drivers their commitment to solving labor issues.
Blogger Dave MacNevin tells us what the trucking needs to promote and sell to the general public. If you love this industry, you will understand, writes Dave.
Licensed drivers are out there. It’s up to you to bring them into the flock, pierced tongues, high expectations and all. Part three of a series on trucking’s labor shortage.
There’s no driver shortage at all, rather a shortage of jobs fit for qualified drivers.
Immigrants are one solution to the driver shortage. But it isn’t as easy as it seems.
EDMONTON – Nominations for a new team OF Road Knights need to be in by December 31.
Meet Sergio, Matt, and Steve. They’re 25 and they love driving truck. The question is, are there more where they came from?