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Thinking of changing careers? Now is the time!

Thinking of changing careers?
Now is the time!

Recently the Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) had a Hiring Event for those looking at the transportation industry as a viable career choice. The transportation industry is desperately looking for people to fill the seats of trucks and many other positions in the industry. In fact predictions from industry experts is that if we don’t get more people into the industry very soon there may be big consequences and price hikes for items on our store shelves. It has also been reported that the driver shortage is partially responsible for raising the rates in the industry for drivers. So if you were thinking of making that career switch, want to fill that dream of driving on the open road, or are tired of being laid off time after time then transportation may be the place for you?

TTSAO Hiring Event 2018

People often look at the transportation industry in different ways and that can scare some off for the wrong reasons. Look at the news and you would think that all truck drivers are out to wreak havoc and mayhem on the roads. If you have had a truck tailgate you then you may think trucks are driven by wild people. Sure we have a few bad apples but for an industry that touches every part of people’s lives on the whole we do pretty well.

Over my 25 year career driving trucks I have seen more good men and women behind the wheel than what the media shows to the public. I have seen dedicated people travel through all kinds of conditions to reach places most people don’t even know exist. Without the drivers there would be no food on the shelves, parts for your car, or building materials for those new homes. Without trucks we would have very few exports as steel and lumber are our most popular exports to the United States and other Countries. So if you don’t think truck driving is an important job think again. Let’s get to the real point because I know very few drivers got into the industry to serve our Country although that’s what they’re doing.

People get into trucking for many reasons but stay because of the people, the work, and the opportunities. If you have ever worked in manufacturing or similar work you know that much of that work can come with layoffs at varying times or can be monotonous work. Transportation offers you some degree of independence, different environments on a daily basis, and the opportunity to meet new people, and see out wonderful Country.

TTSAO Hiring Event 2018

At the latest TTSAO Hiring Event there were a large variety of carriers with work from city operations to long haul highway operations. You could get into the bus industry with a carrier like Greyhound, multiple carrier types in the trucking industry, or maintenance opportunities for mechanics and repair professionals.

There have never been so many opportunities in the industry as there are today. Investing in training for your chosen field can offer you a lifetime of opportunities for your career. If you’re not sure how to get started the best way is to contact one of the TTSAO schools listed in your area and meet them to learn more about the industry. If you are ready for a career change there is no time like the present!Find a TTSAO Certified School in your area

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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Choosing the Right Job Based on Your Skills

Choosing the Right Job Based on Your Skills

The transportation industry is one of the largest industries in North America. The amount of people employed ranges in the millions and the type of work available fits every skill set. With such a large workforce and with so many different positions available how do you know what type of work is the best for you. Do you choose a job by money, location, type of work, job title, or a host of other criteria? Do you take a position based on hierarchy? All of these questions come to mind for someone new to the industry and unfortunately there is no one answer. If you ask most people already the industry they will tell you, “It depends”. What does that mean?

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When I started in the industry I was seventeen years old and didn’t even know what a truck was. My family had never had anything to do with the trucking industry, I didn’t have friends in the industry, I didn’t even know there was an industry. I just needed a job and started working for a company in the moving industry. That was at seventeen and I am now fifty-five years old and my career has more twists and turns than I can count and not one of them was on my goal list or suggested career path. I didn’t talk to a career counselor, I didn’t see where I would end up in the future, I just needed a job.

My career path looks like this; helper carrying furniture onto trucks, furniture driver with a “D” licence, furniture driver with an “A” licence, owner operator, city driver, long haul driver, specialized delivery driver, dispatcher, fleet supervisor, industry columnist, industry cartoonist, industry author, social media expert, transportation consultant, podcast host, television host, and entrepreneur. Every one of those positions have involved the transportation industry and still do to this day. If you look at the path after columnist the other jobs didn’t even exist so there is no way I could have said I was going to be a podcast host. For me the best thing I ever did was just get started in the industry and take opportunities as they appealed to me going through my career and I would suggest the same for most if they have some ambition.

If you are unlike me and prefer not to leave your career to chance there are some things you can do to choose the right position for you. You have to look at three things; the type of work you like to do, the type of work you are good at doing, and the type of training you have acquired.

The type of work you like to do?

The first place to start when looking for a position in the industry is to figure out the type of work you would like to do? Do you like to drive and see the Country? Then a long haul driving job may be good for you? Do you like to talk to people or have a great personality then a recruiting job may be best suited to you? Are you organized and enjoy fast-paced environments then a position as a dispatcher may be your calling? Like to fix things and tinker with machinery then a mechanic job may be best for you? Look at what interests you and start from there when choosing a position.

The type of work you’re good at doing?

The next area to look into is what type of work are you good at doing? Many of us have a natural talent for a certain type of work. Some people are good at administration and others hate it. Some are good at fixing things and others don’t like getting grease on their hands. Think about what you are good at doing and look for jobs that fit those skills.

The type of training you have acquired?

Have you had existing training in a particular area? If so that can be extremely valuable in helping direct you in a certain career. If you have had safety training in the past that may help guide you towards a position in the safety department. Lots of training is available in the industry so past training isn’t a necessity but can be very helpful if you have already achieved a certain skill set.

So if you are looking for a job or investigating a new career then the transportation holds many opportunities. The Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is holding a career fair on May 26th in the Mississauga area. You can learn more about the TTSAO Hiring Event by clicking the link below. Get out there and find the career for you!

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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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Registration is now open for the PMTC’s ‘Driven to Lead’ program!

Milton, Ontario: Registration is now open for the PMTC’s ‘Driven to Lead’ program!

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. The program will be facilitated by Eagle’s Flight (www.eaglesflight.com), a global leader in education, at their facility in Guelph, Ontario.

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The ‘Driven to Lead’ program consists of four separate full-day modules so participants can elect to complete the entire 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 program is intended for both up-and-coming and current leaders who are looking to advance and develop their personal and professional skills.

The program has 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

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

A special thank you goes out to the ‘Driven to Lead’ program’s platinum sponsors, KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. (www.krway.com) and TransRep Inc. (transrep.ca). Your support of this program has made it possible and we are truly grateful for your partnership.

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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3 tips to following up with carriers after a truck show

3 tips to following up with
carriers after a truck show

Brad spent two days walking around Truck World learning about his new career as a professional driver. He is halfway through his eight week course and is excited about getting out on the road as a professional driver. Never being to an industry truck show like Truck World opened his eyes as to the opportunities available in the industry outside of the driver seat. He looked at equipment and found out about all the additional services that are part of this vast industry. Although Brad has a couple opportunities for jobs back in his home town he wanted to learn more about driving opportunities and made a point to talk to as many carriers as he could.

Over the course of two days Brad talked to 35 recruiters and now that the show is over he has all these names but isn’t sure what to do with them. He sits at the table looking at the cards wondering where to start.

It’s one thing to collect cards at a show it is another to create a Truck Showsystem for doing so. You could be like our friend Brad and talk to anyone gathering information on all types of products, services, and job opportunities. The problem with just talking to anyone is that it is hard to process the information later. There will be too much to sort through and conversations will begin to mesh together. A system would have you talking to people and then making notes for your personal use of the conversations so that you can act upon the best opportunities to fit your goals. If you didn’t take notes at the show then you may be in Brad’s situation wondering what to do with all the cards and information you received at the show.

Below are three tips to help you use the information you received at the show.

Tip 1- Sort the Information:

Grab a piece of paper and a pen and start by sorting the information you gathered. You can sort by highway, city, local or any other criteria that you feel is valuable. Try to sort as close to your goals as possible, for instance if you want to operate in Ontario only sort the information by the companies that have operations working in Ontario. It’s helpful to make columns or piles to sort the information. If any of the carriers don’t fit the criteria you have set for yourself then that information could be discarded although you may want to hold onto that information should you change your mind in the future.

Tip 2-Research the Information

Now that you have sorted the information that best fit for your goals you now want to do a little research. Go on the internet and review their websites or information and find out about the culture of the company, where they travel, and what opportunities do they have available. Do they operate safely and have a training program that can help you develop as a driver once you complete your training? You’re trying to find out if they are the best place to get your career started.

Tip 3-Contact your best opportunities

If you’re like Brad and started with 35 cards hopefully you have sorted the information, researched the opportunities closest to your goals and are now ready to contact those carriers. Out of the 35 contacts you should now have a list of maybe 10 that are good fit with your goals. The first step is to call or email the employer mentioning you met them at the truck show and that you are interested in learning more about opportunities with their company. Your goal here is to set up an interview with the recruiting team. You will send them your information and set up a time to meet. Your goal should be to set up 3 appointments for every ten contacts available. Then all you have to do is present yourself in a professional manner and accept the opportunity of your choice.

Didn’t make it Truck World? Your next opportunity is the TTSAO Hiring Event on May 26, 2018 in Mississauga Ontario. Click here to learn more.

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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Check out the great companies 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.

Would you like to be involved in the event? Register below:

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Companies Already Registered

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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.

To see more pictures form the 2018 conference click here!

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 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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