As we approach Christmas and the Holiday Season for another year it gives us time to spend with family and friends, reflect on the past year, and start the next year with a renewed energy. The Holidays have a way of making you look at the bigger picture surrounding your life and what you will want to change for next year. Before you can look to next year it is always best to reflect on how the current year went.
If you are new to the world of transportation what accomplishments have you made? If you were enrolled in a course did you complete it? Did you get the job with the carrier you were looking for? Is the industry what you thought it would be? These are all questions that a new person to the industry may have to reflect on?
As an association we too are reflecting on the past and where we are going. There have been great strides over the last year or so that have not only impacted our association but the industry in general. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has been on the forefront of many of these issues.
The largest gains have been bringing key people to the table on the subject of Mandatory Entry Level Training for new drivers. These key groups include politicians, transportation specialists, and career or college enforcement. TTSAO has been a leading force in this area and is instrumental in helping with changes for the future.
The association has also increased their presence on the internet through revised websites and social media platforms. This professional upgrade has allowed them to increase their exposure to the public helping them be noticed at the table for important topics. In addition to the web exposure the association has partnered with many industry associations to help build their brand and also create new areas of income such as the conference directory and advertising campaign.
The association has also begun to increase exposure on the forefront of education with their first annual conference to be held in February 2016. This conference will focus on recruiting and retention with some big names being part of the program.
So when most reflect on the TTSAO and where they were back then to where they are now we can see substantial growth in the association itself and also the value it brings to the industry. We can be proud of the strides we have made and the plans for the future. We have had a very successful 2015 and look forward to an even better 2016.
So while you reflect on your past year and the gains you have made be thankful for the accomplishments you have made. Enjoy the time with your family and friends and look forward to an exciting future. From our family of schools and associate members to you and your family may you have a wonderful Holiday Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your friends at the TTSAO.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an artist, author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your areas visit www.ttsao.com
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