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Training Schools Focus on Carrier Based Training

There are a number of things that differentiate one school over another such as instruction styles, courses available, longevity in the industry, and commitment to professionalism. The focus for any good school should be the student and their success after the course in the workplace for their chosen career path. Over the years I have seen schools that are more interested in filling seats than student success.

A school focused on student success will have a course structure allowing for students to learn all aspects of the industry. They will be challenged as close to real life scenarios as possible during their training so that they have an understanding of what a career will entail when they complete the course. This is carrier-based training and as a student this is the type of training you should be looking for when researching training facilities.

It has been seen in the past where a school will take a student on a certain route in order for them to memorize the road orientation so that they are successful when taking the licencing road test. Many of the testing centres use a certain route for their testing so schools will follow that route so the student is better prepared. Even if the student passes however once they get into a real life scenario they get into trouble.

We have seen the same issue with inspections where students are memorizing a certain system but not really learning what issues to look for on a truck. They pass the test but then have problems when road testing with a carrier because they haven’t learned how to do an inspection the way a carrier would like it done. A good training centre will teach a student what to look for and learn the reason why they have to do certain things, not memorize routines.

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Carrier-based Training

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) has always designed their curriculum to help the student be successful when applying to carriers after the training is\ complete. This means ensuring the membership is delivering carrier-based training for their students and that the courses are set up to give them real life solutions to problems on the road. Carriers expect students to come out of a training facility with a certain amount of knowledge and training so that they can be taken to the next step of a Finishing Program. If a student doesn’t have the basics of their training they won’t be successful and able to go to the next step. This is why carrier-based training is so important.

The TTSAO will be focusing on instruction and training at the 5th Annual Conference where Philip Fletcher of Commercial Heavy Equipment Training and Dave MacDonald of Revolution Staffing will be talking about carrier-based training and how training facilities can ensure student success when transitioning to the carrier.

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The question then becomes is your training curriculum focused on the student being successful when applying for employment with a carrier or is it focused on the student passing the licence test? If your focus is the latter then you may not be delivering carrier-based training.

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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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Crossroads Ottawa Sponsors TTSAO Conference as School Sponsor

Crossroads Truck Training and Career Academy will be a School Sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference. Thank you Crossroads for your continued support.

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Our educational programs are wide and varied. Our students can pursue their interests in either our professional truck training courses, or follow the academic route to industry certifications. We encourage you to visit the pages of our website to discover how to grow your skills, and achieve your personal best. Learn more about Crossroads here.

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Modern Training Ontario-School Sponsor at TTSAO Conference

Modern Training Ontario will be a School Sponsor this year at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference. Thank you Modern for your support.

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School Sponsor

Modern Training Ontario offers students professional truck driver training from our facility conveniently located in Hamilton, Ontario. We provide the skills companies are looking for. We take pride in teaching commercial truck driver training on a one-to-one basis. With over 20 years of training excellence and thousands of successful graduates, Modern Training Ontario has earned a solid reputation with recruiters and within the transportation industry. Learn more about Modern Training Ontario here.

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Ontario Truck Training Academy-School Sponsor for TTSAO Conference

Ontario Truck Training Academy has signed on as a School Sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference happening on February 26-27, 2020. Thank you Ontario Truck Training Academy for your continued support of our events.

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At OTTA our instructors meet the highest standards of professionalism. An average of 20 years in the Transportation Industry is required to be an Instructor at our training Centre.

We are a certified member of the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario and offer certified AZ training for the Professional Truck Driver Institute, which must meet specific terms and conditions to ensure that all individuals receive training that conforms to today’s standards and safety requirements.


Over the years we have developed an excellent reputation with trucking companies and continue to supply them with safe, knowledgeable entry-level candidates. Learn more about Ontario Truck Training Academy here.

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TTSAO Listens to Insurance Providers

Insurance providers and brokers in the transportation area are a valuable key to new drivers being employed by carriers. The carriers have to detail what a successful candidate should know when a course is completed so the insurance companies are directing the carriers.

There have been many rumours about insurance providers preventing new truck drivers from gaining employment over the years. What age can a driver be insured with a company? Does a driver need experience or can they be hired on directly out of school? These questions have been popping up for years and to be honest getting the correct answer has been somewhat of a challenge. That’s because insurance is so complex with multiple layers of evaluation within the insurer and dependency on the insurance rate group that the carrier is a part of for insurance. This allows one company to hire new drivers and the next one to ask for a number of years of experience.

You then also have the carrier themselves with preferences to the type of drivers they prefer in their fleet and much of that is determined by the size of the fleet and the training programs available. Ask ten carriers in the room if they accept new drivers and you will get ten different answers based in their cargo and training specifications.

Over the years the insurance providers registered with the Truck Training School Association of Ontario have become valuable members to the TTSAO membership so much that like the carriers they have created their own group inside the association adding extreme value to the membership. The TTSAO can now work with that group as a body allowing for valuable opinion on how training should be developed to best fit the needs of the carriers. The carriers also gain information on what type of finishing programs they require to be attractive to a wider body of potential employees.

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TTSAO Insurance Group

Lisa Arseneau of Staebler Insurance is the current Director of the TTSAO Insurance Group and has a vast knowledge and network that can help in getting information required on issues with insurance or training. You can learn more about the TTSAO Insurance Group by clicking the here.

Over the years the TTSAO has realized how important one group is to the other and training is sandwiched in the middle. Carriers can’t operate without insurance and carriers need people to drive. All three groups depend on each other for information and guidance on improving the industry and the training provided to new students.

The TTSAO Insurance Group will be holding an open meeting on the first day of the conference happening in February. You can learn more about the conference at http://ttsao.com/ttsao-conference/ and the TTSAO Insurance Group at http://ttsao.com/insurance-group/.

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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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A1 Transportation Academy Becomes Accredited School with TTSAO

A1 Transportaton Academy has become the latest accredited school to be registered with the TTSAO. Welcome A1 Transportation Academy to the TTSAO Membership. You can learn more about A1 at www.a1ta.ca

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2A-30 Topflight Drive
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contact: Lakhvinder Singh
Direct line: 647-973-3450
Office: 905-754-0578, 905-754-0579
Email: info@A1TA.Ca
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About the TTSAO

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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Echelon insurance Joins TTSAO Membership

Echelon Insurance has joined the TTSAO Insurance Group as an associate member and will be part of the Insurance Group. Welcome Echelon Insurance to the membership. You can learn more about Echelon Insurance on their website at https://echeloninsurance.ca

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Echelon Insurance
Contact: Jennifer Kew
Email: transport-on@echeloninsurance.ca
Address: 2680 Matheson Blvd. East, Suite 300
Phone: 905-214-7880
Website: www.echeloninsurance.ca

About the TTSAO

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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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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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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