I am often contacted by industry agencies as to ideas for those that are looking to become truck drivers but aren’t sure where to go next. If you think of the route that many get into this industry is that they go through an employment program of some kind and are told there is a high demand for truck drivers due to the shortage. If they believe the job will be a fit for them they start going through the process of applying for training and finding a job. That is the basic process down to bare bones, but something is missing.
Often the employment person will show them some of the funding options and if it fits with the person, great! If not the employment agencies are usually stuck and that is where I usually come in. All I can do for the person is to recommend options, although I have more knowledge and relationships with the carriers or schools,again I can only recommend. So where should a person be going?
When searching for information you can only start from where you know someone will know what you need. Too often people follow only one path and miss great opportunities elsewhere. When I direct people I direct them to the Truck Training School Association of Ontario. Why there you ask?
In that one association you have all the people that can really help you. You have schools with funding options, you have carriers that recognize certified training, and you have associates that can help you understand what you really need to succeed in the transportation industry. Now as a potential driver you won’t join the association but you could visit their website. All members of the association have the same access to information and have relationships with other industry professionals for information. By starting your career search with TTSAO you are now accessing people that can really help you with funding, training, and career placement.
Lately in the industry there has been some talk on getting carriers to sponsor potential clients directly. If you look at the way the system works you will see that is the wrong direction, as carriers want to see proof of training and a recommendation. The proper way to get the funding would be to contact the schools in your area, and see if they can offer placement and training through their system. They might be willing to back the right candidate or offer options that may not be available through an agency or carrier alone. If the school is not able to help the candidate then at least they will know they got the proper information. A word to the wise here, many potential candidates feel they can bypass the system and go to a fly by night school offering cheaper training. What they will find out is that they have paid for partial training and still can’t get a job afterwards. Don’t put yourself in that situation. If you are looking for a way into the industry then the best place to start is with the people that know the proper direction for training and funding, that is the TTSAO. You can find more information on their website at www.ttsao.com
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years and is the author of the books Driven to Drive, Running By The Mile and is also the host of the Lead Pedal Podcast for professional drivers. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your areas visit www.ttsao.com