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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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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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Is Your Training Centre Technologically Savy?

As we move into 2020 the world of transportation is changing. Big issues like insurance and driver qualifications are top of mind and the driver shortage increases in the distance. The transportation industry has generally been an industry that is behind the times in many ways due to the large expense of equipment and changing of regulations. Technology has forced the transportation industry into a new age and it is now surpassing the average advancements of many industries. For instance our technology advancements to date have been primarily in the areas of safety and fuel efficiencies with better braking systems, hours of service technology, and increased fuel mileage systems. As we moved out of 2017 and into a new decade we have focused on driver technology such as driver-less trucks which has been driven from the driver shortage. We now find ourselves with technology that is ahead of our infrastructure and regulations. What does that mean for you as a school?

Driver-less trucks are still a long way from being standard in our industry so from a training standpoint I don’t believe you have to worry about not having students but that doesn’t mean technology isn’t important to your training program. Much like airplane pilots truck drivers will require retraining whether they are driving trucks or some sort of spaceship. As our industry focuses more on technology to move goods around the Country training programs will be expected to be technologically savy as well.

Imagine showing a new student a new truck with all of the computer and automated systems for the future. There eyes well up with excitement of steering this impressive machine down the road as they wonder how they will ever learn how to drive the truck. You tell them you can train them and take them into your training facility and sit them down at a desk. You open a book and tell them to read chapter one while you open up an old PowerPoint you have been using for years and begin to talk about how the truck works. What do you think that student will be thinking? Will they feel confident in the training?

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Virtual Reality Technology

As our trucks and industry become more sophisticated our training needs to match the same level of technology. Now imagine that same scenario with the same student but instead of a presentation and a book you have them slide on head phones and handsets. The student is now virtually transmitted into a virtual truck the same model as the one you showed them in the parking lot. The student is amazed that they can flick a switch marked afterburners and feel the power of the machine. The virtual seat hugs them as they begin to drive the truck in a virtual world. A robotic voice talks them through the next navigation and they look to the passenger seat to see you sitting right beside them. The transformation is instant. Will that student have confidence in your training now?

It may be a while down the road before every training centre has virtual capabilities but I think we can all agree that is the way the training industry is going. Knowing what technology is available and how it can be adapted to your facility should be something every training provider is keeping up with to make their facility as technologically savy as possible. If you haven’t thought about how technology applies to your classroom then attending the TTSAO (Truck Training School Association of Ontario) 5th Annual Conference should be your next step. There will be a technology panel discussing options available with experts able to answer those questions. You can learn more about the panel here.

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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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