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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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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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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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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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Zavcor Training Academy Signs on as School Sponsor for TTSAO Conference

Zavcor Training Academy has signed on as a school sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference happening in February 2020. Thank you Zavcor for your support. You can learn more about Zavcor Training Academy at www.zavcortrainingacademy.com

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