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Check out the great companies already registered for the TTSAO Hiring Event-May 26th

The TTSAO Hiring Event happening on May 26th, 2018 has many great companies already involved. If you are looking to find opportunities for a long time career in the transportation industry both in the drivers seat and outside of the driver’s seat then this will be the place to be. Free to attend.

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Are You Following Your Training?

Are You Following Your Training?

“It Could Save Your Life!”

Training has been at the forefront of many discussions over the years especially since the implementation of M.E.L.T. (Mandatory Entry Level Training) as to what is the appropriate amount of training for new drivers. Many certified schools within the TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) offer more training than required by the Government as their standard programs. If a good school is offering more than the requirements and have good instructors with a passion for making sure a student is successful then it is up to the student to follow their training once the course is completed. You may be thinking that’s why they were trained.

How a student uses their training after they leave a training facility is up to them. The students that want to be successful and have good careers will use their training as a solid base of fundamentals to build on. There are students however that go through programs with a focus of just getting a licence or a certain job and then forget their training. I have always said that a trucking career is built in stages with the foundation being good training which takes up to a year to complete. The next two to three years a student should be working on gaining experience. The next five years should be spent improving efficiency so that they make better money at the job, and after ten years a student has to work on not being complacent. Of course those are just guidelines based on what I have seen in a twenty five year career on the road and it will be different for everyone.

Are you following your training?

Many students see the value in their training and often we see that drivers with many years of experience are the ones that have the most trouble with remembering the basics. Maybe they have become complacent or have just fallen into bad habits. When training is done at carriers for some of the basics such as pre-trip inspections many times it is the older more experienced group that has trouble. They have been doing it their own way for so long that they miss some of the smaller items of the inspection. They stopped following the training.

I began writing this article after watching a serious crash on a video of a truck driver that got stuck at a railway crossing. If you think of the basics of railway crossings in training facilities there are only a few things to watch for, make sure the train isn’t coming, make sure you have proper clearance to get across the track, and stay in one gear until you have crossed the track. I am not sure what happened in this particular situation as to why the truck got stuck between the barriers of this particular railway track, but it seems as though the driver did not look at the signage that says “no trucks” and got stuck on the track. Thankfully the driver and the train crew were okay, but it is certainly shocking to see the train drag the truck down the track at full speed.

As drivers gain more experience on the road and possibly get through a few situations with a lucky outcome they may begin to take more chances. It’s possible that’s what happened to this driver, he took one chance too many and it didn’t work out the way he hoped it would. It may seem dry and boring sitting in class when you want to get out on that open road, but following your training may be one step to keeping you alive.

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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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Is Your Company Attracting or Repelling Talent?

If a new person walked into your company unannounced, would they want to work there based on first impressions? That was the message from a General Manager of a logistics company the other night. Recruiting has changed from the way it used to be done said this company executive. Let me bring you up to speed.

I was at a company open house the other night as a client opened up a new office in the area and held a small event for their network to see the new space. They were formerly located in a smaller building with basic amenities but had outgrown that office location. This new office is in a high building with beautiful views out of each window and is large, bright, and modern. In the large cafeteria area there is even a pool table and kitchen area that will be perfect for team meetings and gatherings.

As speeches were being presented the General Manager mentioned that recruiting talent is much different today than it had been before. She mentioned in the past that a potential employee in an interview would have to do their best to convince her why they were the best for the job and it was her decision to take a chance on them. Times have changed and now it is so difficult to find talented employees that the conversation has now changed to does this person want to work here? Is the office, the job description, and team members what that person may be looking for in a job or career?

It was quite obvious that this technique was working as I talked with team members at the event that were excited about the space and their careers. I have been working with this company for almost a decade and have seen team members come and go. There were many new team members at the event that had recently joined the team and the energy showed.

Environment is very important to many employees especially truck Chrome-Dump-Truckdrivers. When I was on the road I was very particular about my truck. I had to have it organized a certain way, it had to be clean, and it had to be nice looking. That helped me operate at maximum efficiency and with pride in my company. In fact when I went looking for a job the first thing I would do is drive to the back of the yard of a company and see which was the worst truck in the yard. As a new person that is normally your truck unless it is a yard truck.

So I ask you this question; is your company attracting or repelling talent? It could be the trucks, it could be their office, it could be the team! If I walked in off the street unannounced would I want to work for you? We all know that first impressions count and in today’s job market everything is about attraction and company culture. Who are you attracting?

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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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TTSAO Wraps Up 2018 Conference

The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) just TTSAO Conference 2018wrapped up their 3rd annual conference on March 1st of 2018. With a full house present TTSAO kicked off the conference with a bang. Their was a real difference in output and planning with this years conference and it was highly noticed. I have been to many conferences and the conference this year started off to a great start.

Day one began with the TTSAO Carrier Group and newly formed TTSAO Insurance Group holding town hall styled meetings with information on how they are planning to create community within the memberships of the TTSAO. Both meetings were well attended and the information covered was well received.

The next event was the Annual General Meeting and I have to say that I have been to many AGMs and very few have attendance where it was standing room only. The TTSAO has a lot of things going on for the future and apparently many wanted to hear how things would be progressing.

Once the meeting wrapped up it was time for the Conference Cocktail Party sponsored by Revolution Staffing. Held in the area with the sponsors the cocktail party offered beverages and food and a presentation from Kelly Henderson of the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council on Millennials and how to attract them to the industry.

Day two of the conference started out with the MTO presentation on M.E.L.T (Mandatory Entry Level Training) and an insurance panel focused on the myth of young people being allowed to drive at an early age and how to make sure anyone is qualified to operate a commercial vehicle. Guy Broderick of the Carrier’s Group was the moderator and host for the conference this year and did a great job.

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Young people were front and centre at the conference as the next two presentations spoke to members of the PMTC Young Leaders Group and a student panel from drivers currently going through training programs. Both presentations offered a look at what young people are looking for in a career and how they are looking for those careers. These were very informative sessions that were of real interest to the audience.

After a great buffet lunch a few key people were recognized for their contribution to the industry and TTSAO membership. Claude Chaulk of Manitoulin Transport received the Industry Service Award for his years of dedication and service to the industry. Also receiving the Appreciation Award was Charlie Charalambous for his dedication and service to the TTSAO and their membership. Congratulations to both gentlemen.

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The afternoon sessions wrapped up with a presentation on diversity with Jane Jazwary of Carrier’s Edge talking about women and culture in the workplace and how to make the workplace more appealing for the future. The final presentation was the five year outlook with Lou Smyrlis and a panel of industry executives discussing the future of the industry and where technology and regulations will be taking us over the next five years.

So the TTSAO wraps up this conference with a strong focus to the future. Their next event is the Industry Hiring Event happening on May 26th, 2018 in Mississauga and they have already set the date for their 4th Annual Conference happening on February 27-28th, 2019. Stay tuned to the TTSAO website for updates and information as they take truck training into the future.

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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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TTSAO Announce Hiring Event-May 26th, 2018

The TTSAO has announced a new hiring initiative from the TTSAO Carrier Group. This is a group of carriers that are members of the TTSAO that have an interest in hiring students from certified schools in Ontario. The Carrier Group led by Guy Broderick of Apps Transport announced the Hiring Event happening on May 26th in Mississauga, Ontario. If you would like to participate in the event either as a sponsor or participant please register with the appropriate form below. We look forward to seeing you there!

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TTSAO Goes to the Students for Their Passion in Trucking

As the TTSAO (Truck Training School Association of Ontario) gets set to launch their 3rd Annual Conference on February 28th they will be asking trucking students themselves what brought them into the industry. This conference is heavily focused on youth in the industry and the future of trucking so finding out the reason young people come into the industry in the first place is important.

Mario Da Silva will be moderating a panel of students enrolled in the TTSAO Conference 2017truck training schools to find out why they got involved in the industry and how they see their careers developing for the future. The ideas is to find out what brought them into the transportation industry so training schools know where to focus their efforts in marketing to young people.

The days of getting into the trucking industry because a family member was involved before you or growing up in a truck while your parents drove are gone. Many of the people coming into our industry are from outside of North America and are looking for viable career options. The truck training schools want to ensure that people know trucking can be that viable career.

The conference will also touch on other topics such as diversity in the industry with a presentation from Jane Jazrawy. Transportation is a mix of different cultures and people and Jane will talk about what she sees in the industry as she deals with different carriers.

The 3rd annual conference will also look to the future with a presentation from industry expert Lou Smyrlis as he offers a five year outlook into the future. What can we expect as an industry and who should we expect to see behind the wheel in the future?

With a conference focused on the youth of today, the diversity of the World, and the technology of tomorrow there will be good insight for the those looking to the future. Where will you focus your energy as a business and where should we focus our energy as an industry? My bet is you will find that out at the TTSAO conference starting on February 28th.

Although registrations are officially closed as of Monday February 26th you still may be able to get a seat. Contacting the conference organizers at ttsao@ttsao.com may be able to help you should you still want to attend. You can learn more about the TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) and get information on upcoming events by visiting www.ttsao.com. We hope to see you there.

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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TTSAO Chairman Talks About the 3rd Annual Conference on Road Today 360

TTSAO Chairman Kim Richardson was interviewed on Road Today’s Talk 360 with Manan Gupta about the 3rd Annual Conference and what attendees can expect at the two day conference.

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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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3 Steps to Surviving Valentine’s Day While Driving a Truck

Today is Valentine’s Day and as truck drivers there is a good chance that you will miss it. If the fact that you will be on the road bothers you on this day will depend on how long you have been together with your significant other and how important you feel this day is to your life. Some people find this a really big deal and if you miss it can be very disappointing. Others are like myself find Valentine’s Day just an excuse for flower shops and candy stores to make more money and will go out of my way not to do anything on this day. My wife has been told that this will happen as I am totally opposed to the commercial side of the day. Then there is the group of people that feel Valentine’s Day could come or go and their day wouldn’t change at all. Deciding which group you fall into is totally your decision.

 

Where the trouble starts is when you phone home to talk to your partner and they say, “Happy Valentine’s Day, I got you a special gift.” You now go into panic mode because you didn’t buy anything and was hoping they had forgotten. All the miles for the rest of the day will now have you thinking of how you can make it look like you had something planned all along. What do you do?

Here are 3 steps making it look like you were already prepared.

Step 1-Answer properly!

The first thing to do when on the phone and you aren’t prepared is to act like you are prepared. Answer back with “Happy Valentine’s Day” and follow with I have something for you too, but it’s a surprise and I will give it to you when I get home. This will give you hours or days to get prepared depending on your trip.

Step 2-Put your thinking cap on!

At this point try not to panic as that will cost you more. If you were man talking on telephoneto panic and send flowers home right away they will cost you an arm and a leg. Picking your significant other a hat from the truck stop possibly won’t go over as well as you wish either. Getting creative about what to give is a matter of knowing your partner and thinking about the bigger picture. If you are on the road all the time then time may be the biggest gift you can give, even if it is after the actual day. Most people will move the the romantic time of the actual day to another day when it falls during the week, so this works perfect for you.

Step 3-Make it Personal!

Step two just gave you some time to gather your thoughts. Step three is about making it happen by making it about the other person. If you can pick up a small gift while on your trip this will make it seem like you were planning things all along. But really make it special when you return home. Carve out time for a special dinner, date night, or some other idea to spend time together. Even a pizza can be special if thought has been into the importance of the evening. I am sure whatever you decide will work for you. Oh by the way, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

This stuff isn’t taught in truck driving schools because they focus on what’s important for the job. If you are looking for certified truck training the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario is a great place to start. You can learn more about them at www.ttsao.com

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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TTSAO Talks Youth and Diversity at 3rd Annual Conference

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario is looking towards the future at their annual conference this year as they focus on youth objectives and the changing face of the trucking industry. There are many changes happening at this time in the industry from technology to equipment and none of those issues come with easy solutions yet all of those industry components affect the training industry in transportation.

With all of these changes in full swing this years conference will be important to help many schools decide on a direction for the future. Some of the questions hopefully answered at the conference will include how youth can become more involved in the industry with good career options? How new technology and autonomous trucks are going to affect the training industry? The insurance industry is also changing drastically within the industry and this area has always been an area of confusion for students and carriers. This is an area that hopefully will be addressed at the conference this year with the new insurance group that was formed at the end of 2017 by the TTSAO.

How will all these issues and more be answered? This is the TTSAO’s 3rd Annual Conference being held in Mississauga, Ontario on February 28th to March 1st with a lineup of various panels and industry experts. The conference will kick off with the Insurance Group led by newly appointed Director Lisa Arseneau of Staebler Insurance as they talk about myths in the industry for students.

Youth will also be a focus of the conference in the industry and there are many areas that will be addressing youth issues. Many of these issues will be talked about in the Youth Panel and the Young Leaders Presentations scheduled for the morning of the conference.

Diversity is also being addressed as the industry changes the face of trucking. Diversity issues will be discussed early in the afternoon with a presentation on Diversity in Trucking with Jane Jazwary.

Finally the conference will wind up looking to the future with TTSAO Conference-Bannerindustry expert Lou Smyrlis as he offers an outlook on what the future looks like for the trucking industry. Smyrlis will offer a five year look into the future allowing participants to have an idea of where to focus their efforts for the future. This is an area everyone is looking towards to direct the proper attention to issues for the future.

How do you get involved?

Seating is limited for this event but there is space available for attendees and some sponsor opportunities are still available. The two day event will include after event parties, trade show styled sponsor opportunities, and much more. You can learn more about conference by visiting the TTSAO website under the conference tab and you can register directly for the conference by sending in the registration form included below. The last two years of the conference have been well attended and will include many industry supporters. You can learn more at www.ttsao.com

TTSAO Conference Information

2018 Conference Registration Form (fillable)

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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PMTC’s YLG “Driven to Lead” Education Program

Milton, Ontario: The Young Leaders Group (YLG) of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s (PMTC) ‘Driven to Lead’ program is sponsored by KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. (www.krway.com) and TransRep Inc. (transrep.ca).

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The ‘Driven to Lead’ program is an experiential, practical leadership program that will take participants through hands-on and impactful exercises focusing on topics like culture, teamwork, accountability and strategy. It is intended for both up-and-coming and current leaders who are looking to advance and develop their personal and professional skills.

The program will be facilitated by Eagle’s Flight (www.eaglesflight.com) at their facility in Guelph, Ontario. Eagle’s Flight is known as a global leader in education for their approach to delivering training programs that are business-relevant and invoke lasting behavioral change.

The program consists of four separate full-day modules. Participants can elect to complete the entire ‘Driven to Lead’ program or select individual modules. Graduates of the entire program (all four modules) will receive free registration for the PMTC’s annual conference in June 2019 where they will be presented with their diploma. Graduates of individual modules will receive a certificate of completion for the module(s) they complete.

The ‘Driven to Lead’ program will commence in 2018. The full-day program modules have been scheduled for the following dates:
September 19, 2018 = Creating a Culture of Accountability
November 21, 2018 = Building and Leading Teams
February 20, 2019 = Communicating for Impact
May 15, 2019 = Coaching for Results

Both PMTC members and non-members are welcome. Registration costs for the program are as follows:

PMTC member
· Entire program (four modules) = $1,800*

· Per program module (one module) = $500*

Non-member
· Entire program (four modules) = $2,300*

· Per program module (one module) = $625*

* Registration costs are subject to HST

Not a member of the PMTC and the YLG? Take advantage of our trial membership offer. For $110, you can experience the benefits of YLG membership and member pricing for a 1-year trial period. For more information, e-mail Hinna Shaukat at info@pmtc.ca, or call 905-827-0587.

The YLG and PMTC want to recognize the ‘Driven to Lead’ program’s platinum sponsors, KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. and TransRep Inc. Your support of this program has made it possible and we are truly grateful for your partnership.

To register for the entire program or individual program modules, e-mail Hinna Shaukat at info@pmtc.ca, or call 905-827-0587. More information about the training facility and program schedule will be provided upon registration.

This program is being offered as part of the YLG’s on-going mission to bring value to the next generation through education, discussions and networking. Get out! Get involved! Get inspired!

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