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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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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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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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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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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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Build Your Truck Training School Business for 2020

Happy New Year from the TTSAO. The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario ( TTSAO) would like to wish you a safe and successful new year and all the best for 2020.

Speaking of 2020 the TTSAO is working hard to make our industry better from a training standpoint and we have a number of initiatives on the go which we will talk about in a minute. Time is moving faster and now is the time to get your training business in gear and ahead of the competition by learning new and interesting ways to market your business. In order to do that you need to know which way the industry is going.

If we had a crystal ball we would all be able to change our business models to be successful, but unfortunately life isn’t like that. There is a way for you to learn about the changes in the industry and hot topics that will help you focus your training business for the future and that’s at the TTSAO Conference. Every year the TTSAO holds a conference and usually the topics covered are initiatives or points of discussion that need attention in the industry. What’s hot this year?

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Lou Smyrlis of Newcom Media is a leader when it comes to trends in the industry and where we seem to be heading. Smyrlis will be talking about changes coming up in 2020 and trends happening in the industry which are a great way to adjust your marketing and business for the future. You can learn more about Lou Smyrlis here.

Quality training is important for everyone especially carriers. When a training school completes the training with a student that student is then hired by a carrier that will finish the training with a good finishing program. The student must have those basics in order to be successful in a career as a professional driver and that’s where a good school comes in. Philip Fletcher of Commercial Heavy Equipment Training and Dave MacDonald of Revolution Staffing will be offering information on how to ensure your program is inline with carriers for a successful student transition.

Foreign workers and female truck drivers have been in the forefront for couple of years and is still in front as the industry struggles to bring in new people and both of those topics are being discussed in depth at the next conference. Vikram Khurana is an expert in International Recruiting and will be offering information on how we can bring foreign workers into the industry successfully.

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Vikram Khurana

Helen Thorpe will be one of the panelists talking about women in the industry and how they can have successful careers in an industry that is predominately male. Thorpe has had a successful career in the industry and is looked at as a leader for women in trucking. You can learn about Helen Thorpe here.

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Instructor qualifications are leading many discussions these days as the industry tries to create a uniform presence across the Country. Last year Joe Teixeira was the first recipient of the Instructor of the Year Award and a new recipient will be awarded this year. The award meant a-lot to Teixeira and helped his carrier with new ways of promoting their brand. View the qualifications by clicking the requirement file here.

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Technology and marketing will round out the hot topics as we look to how those trends affect students and the industry as a whole. Vickie Devos of iMVR will lead a panel on technology in the industry and tips on business and marketing will be talked about with Audra Thompson of Northbridge Insurance and Scott Rea of Avatar Fleet Services. Hopefully this will help you devise a successful plan for the future for your training location. As you can see we don’t have crystal ball but the next best thing are experts in the industry offering information to help you be successful. You can learn about the TTSAO 5th Annual Conference by clicking here.

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Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is the author of the books Driven to Drive, 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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Gerald Carroll on Changes to TTSAO 2020

Gerald Carroll is the TTSAO Conference Chairperson and talks about some of the changes coming up for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference in February 2020. Join us for the conference by registering with the link below.

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Ken Adams on Attending the TTSAO Conference

Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Board for the TTSAO and talks about changes to the upcoming TTSAO Conference and the importance of attending for those in the truck driver training industry.

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TTSAO Closes 2019 With Hot Topics

As we come to the end of another year and decade we have to take a look at the truck driver training industry and hope we are improving on lessons learned throughout the year. Our industry is changing rapidly with a mix of better and worse. Training standards, regulations, and industry employment all seem to be mixing together causing our industry to re-evaluate where it is going and where we’ve come from. So where are we in this mix?

From a training standpoint things are improving. Entry Level Training was implemented a couple years ago and governing bodies continue to tweak the regulations and improve the testing standards within the Province and across the Country. The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) was a leader in helping form the new training standards with the Ministry of Transportation and continues to work closely with them to improve the training aspects of our industry.

Truck driver training instructors began to be scrutinized at the end of 2018 and became a major focus for the TTSAO in 2019. They increased the profile of the instructor by having the Instructor of the Year award presented to industry veteran Joe Teixeira of Rosedale Transport and will now be an annual competition at the TTSAO Conferences. With over three decades of experience of the first winner it makes competition tough for the future, but a good benchmark to have for top instructors.

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Qualifications for instructors were a main focus for the association in 2019 and continues to be talked about with industry partners to find a common certification for all instructors in the industry. So the training aspect of the industry has been improving well and looks good for the near future.

Where we have had problems is in the employment side of the industry. 2019 had some large carriers go out of business leaving drivers stranded in some cases on the road. Insurance renewals for carriers has tightened up and some carriers are having trouble finding insurance premiums to operate. Insurance providers are working on solutions to improve carrier insurability and also enhance driver employment for younger drivers.

The driver shortage continues with technology being a strong focus for filling the driver gap. Foreign workers have also resurfaced over the year as a solution for bringing more people into the industry. The immigration issues for all of North America has caused this issue to be a troublesome issue to figure out.

Other topics that have surfaced are human trafficking and cargo theft which are rising year after year. The TTSAO is planning on implementing these topics into their training programs to help in the fight against these crimes from an awareness standpoint.

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All in all the TTSAO is on the forefront for many of these important issues and continues to work to make the truck driver training industry a better place. On behalf of the TTSAO we would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe Christmas.

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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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Economical Insurance is New Silver Sponsor at 5th Annual TTSAO Conference

Economical Insurance has been involved with the TTSAO for years and has become a silver sponsor for the next conference happening in February 2020. Thank you Economical Insurance for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the 5th annual TTSAO Conference.

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