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DriverCheck Signs on as Booth sponsor for Conference

DriverCheck a leader in drug and alcohol testing has signed on as Booth Sponsor at the 5th Annual Conference. Thank you DriverCheck for your support.

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Home Hardware Helps Print Material for 5th Annual Conference

Home hardware has come onboard as a Print Sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference. Thank you Home Hardware for your support.

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CPC Logistics Sponsors T-Shirts for TTSAO Conference

CPC Logistics has signed on as a T-Shirt Sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference. Thank you CPC Logistics.

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CPC recognizes that our clients demand professionalism from our employees and we strive to stay involved with the client’s operations to provide the level of service that our clients expect and deserve. We are confident that with our unparalleled recruiting and service expertise, and extensive network of offices and transportation specialists, we can provide the service required for your unique private fleet and distribution needs

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Northstar Truck Driving School sponsors TTSAO Conference

Northstar Truck Driving school has signed on as a Bronze Sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO conference in February. Thank you Northstar for your support.

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At Northstar Truck Driving School Ltd., we are committed to providing the highest quality of training and education to all individuals wishing to pursue a career in the transportation industry. All our courses meet and/or exceed the Government training standards for Tractor-Trailer (AZ) Driver programs including the MELT standards which will further enhance our graduate’s employment prospects. We want to ensure our students receive maximum value for the investment they are making in their future.

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Serco is Gold Sponsor at TTSAO Conference

Serco better known as the Drive Test Centres in Ontario will be a gold sponsor of the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference. Thank you for your support Serco.

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Serco Group plc’s roots go back to 1929, becoming Serco Limited in 1987 and in 1988 was listed on the London Stock Exchange. Serco specialise in the delivery of essential public services, with over 50,000 people working in defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and other citizen services across our four regions: UK & Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Middle East

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Filling Driver Demand With Foreign Workers

Our industry has been in a driver shortage for some time now and things don’t seem to be getting better anytime soon. I remember in the 90’s when the industry began to see drivers move into the industry and the mood of transportation began to change. Today the industry is primarily 70% foreign workers when it used to be only 20-30% foreign workers at that time. As immigration laws change in an attempt to appeal to those wanting to come to North America for a better life and those just trying to stay safe as refugees it is forcing us to change how we train foreign workers.

Many carriers are trying to adapt to hiring foreign workers. When their first language is not English training and supervision can be a problem. Years ago I had various people ask if my training material was in another language that could be used to train new workers. Much of that has changed now with various companies coming out with modules that are in various languages or can be changed based on the needs of the user.

Publications are popping up all over North America in various languages to appeal to foreign workers and you can find them in French, Polish, Punjabi, and more. Some publications are moving away from English all together.

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) has seen the need for foreign workers in transportation for some time. The industry was filled with people working on farms that learned to drive heavy equipment at an early age and were a natural fit for the trucking and construction industries. They were hard working folks that understood how machinery works. We now find less of those people entering the industry therefore foreign workers are picking up the slack and filling the need.

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Foreign Workers

Recent information on the industry shows that the industry will soon be filled with mostly foreign workers. Yet our immigration laws are are not allowing us to keep up with the demand needed in the seats. I interviewed a driver in the past coming from the Caribbean wanting to drive in Canada. He had ties to Canada through family and paid for his own training and travel costs to Canada. He completed the training with high marks yet in the end could not find a company to sponsor him to Canada. He got so frustrated with the red tape of immigrating to Canada that he was forced to go elsewhere for work. This is not the only story that I have heard. People are now going to other countries because of our immigration policies.

If foreign workers are an issue you have been struggling with over the years then you are not alone. Questions like how do we get them in the Country safely and successfully? How do we adapt our training to fit the needs of the industry and make our roads safer at the same time? All of these questions are what many of us have been talking about for years at conferences and seminars. The TTSAO is hoping to have those questions answered at their upcoming conference on truck driver training on February 5th. Vikram Khurana will be talking about the Foreign Worker Program and how it can help our industry fill the much needed issue of drivers. We hope to see you there.

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Vikram Khurana

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About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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Metro Truck Driving School Sponsors TTSAO 5th Annual Conference

Metro Truck Driving School will be a school sponsor for the next TTSAO Conference happening in February. Thank you Metro for your support.

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Metro Truck Driving School was established in early 1989.

Metro Truck Driving School prepares the students to obtain licenses for driving trucks as well as buses. The founders of the school are Krzysztof Cierpich and Andrzej Cierpich.

The school, at present time, has over 20 employees and professional instructors. The equipment is changed and brought on regular bases to assure the highest standards in the industry and also serve as a competitor to other training institutions. Learn more about Metro Truck driving school here

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CHET Will be a Booth Sponsor at the 5th annual TTSAO Conference

Commercial Heavy Equipment Training (CHET) has come on as a Booth Sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference in February 2020. Thank you CHET.

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CHET is approved as a Private Career College (PCC) under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. We are able to grant T2202 federal tax receipts making our courses entirely tax deductible. We are a proud member of the Truck Training Schools Associations of Ontario (TTSAO) which allows us to issue their certificate recognized by the insurance industry. Learn more about CHET here!

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GFL Environmental Sponsors TTSAO Conference

A big thank you to GFL Environmental for signing on as a Carrier Sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference. Thank you GFL.

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GFL Environmental Inc. is a leading North American provider of diversified environmental solutions. Recognized by our signature fleet of well-maintained, bright green trucks, we offer a robust, consolidated and sophisticated approach to meeting our customers’ environmental service requirements. Learn more about GFL here.

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HBC Becomes Lunch Sponsor of TTSAO Conference

HBC Transportation has signed on as a Lunch Sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference. Thank you HBC for coming on board and helping to ensure that attendees of the 5th Annual Conference will be properly fed.

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Founded in September 2009 and based in Brampton, Ontario, HBC Transportation Inc. is a trusted logistics company.

At HBC, we have built on the extensive experience of our management team to become a leading North American logistics provider. Our integrated mix of services includes highway, logistics and warehousing capabilities.

We are one of North America’s first transportation companies to incorporate SAP technology and as a result, our customers have gained increased access to vital shipment information and the tools they need to manage their business more effectively.

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