I don’t think anyone would disagree that the world is changing at a fast pace. Technology is driving industries to drastic change, weather situations seem to cause more devastation, and people are constantly on the lookout for surprises outside of their control. While all these things are happening how are we keeping up with training to those coming into the industry in the wake of so many changes?
It is very hard to keep up with the changes happening in the world as they are happening so fast yet the technology may not be there to use yet. After all you can’t start training people to drive space ships if space ships aren’t available to the general public, where would you train them? We are not talking about training for things that you don’t have access to, but if you were to take a look at your training programs are they focused on the future or the past? What type of forward training am I talking about?
The training I am talking about is the near future. For instance in July of 2017 the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) introduced a new electronic inspection which will now be known as a Level VIII Electronic Inspection. This inspection will be conducted by enforcement officers while the truck is rolling and allow CVSA officers to check vehicle registrations, safety status, driver qualifications and more. You can view more about the inspection here. http://cvsa.org/inspections/inspections/all-inspection-levels/. Have you included this type of new inspection information in your current training programs?
Now there may not be anything specific that you can train on for that type of inspection, but making students aware of this type of inspection method, introducing technology into the classroom as much as possible to get students thinking and aware of new technology are where you should begin. Are you introducing information in many formats including electronic means? Have you polled your students to see how they like to receive information as we move into a new era? A great way to do this is to have a module on the future of trucking where you talk about the new changes coming into the industry and how drivers will handle those changes.
Change is not over and technology will continue to change the way our work is done on the side of enforcement, training, and job processes. The trucking industry in the past has been very reactionary to changes and much of the push back to changes like Electronic Onboard Recorders are because we will lose how we perform our duties now. The truth is that it doesn’t change how we perform the tasks in many cases, but how we track compliance of those tasks. If we introduce these changes early on in training and understand how to perform tasks using technology it will take a lot of backlash away. Much of the problem is perception to the end user. is this being forced onto me and will it affect how I do my job? Take those issues out of the equation and it will help to change the thinking of the end user. Look at your processes and find ways to introduce the future into your programs. It will help everyone be forward thinking about change.
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