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Standardized Class 1 driver training in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Trucking Association has been notified by SGI that the regulatory body has committed to having a plan in place for standardized Class 1 training in Saskatchewan by 2019.

The STA has been working with Saskatchewan Government Insurance on the language, curriculum, standards, and rollout of a standardized/mandatory class 1 training program in Saskatchewan since 2017. The STA is proud to be able to announce that this will finally be a reality in our province. The announcement is fresh and there are many details that still need to be worked out and the STA will be there every step of the way.

Working with the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training and Trucking HR Canada, the STA is looking to increase safety and driver standards while addressing the truck driver shortage here in Saskatchewan.

As details develop on this file, the STA Members will be notified. If you have any questions about the STA’s role in the initiative or require further information, please contact Susan Ewart at sewart@sasktrucking.com

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Driver Training Funding Program – Are You Participating?

After many years of advocating for publicly funded commercial driver training, the MTA is pleased to be partnering with the Province of Manitoba. Tuition funding for Manitobans wanting to train and work as Transport Truck Drivers, is in full swing and proving to be an incredible opportunity for our entire Industry in Manitoba.

Manitoba Education and Training through the Skills and Employment Partnerships branch has implemented a revised policy approach for supporting Class 1 truck driver training, under the Skills Development Program. This policy has been implemented as a one-year demonstration project with renewal dependent on an internal evaluation.

Under this revised policy, individuals who obtain a conditional offer of employment from an employer and a letter of acceptance from an accredited Class 1 truck driver training school will be eligible to receive 100% full tuition funding for truck driver training. There are also opportunities to leave existing employment in order to participate in this funded program. Other financial supports, including living allowances and other incidental costs, will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis depending on individual need.

Since our member seminar back in February with Manitoba Education and Training, The program has funded over 60 drivers, which equates to $488,000 in funding for industry prospects. This is exciting news for our industry in Manitoba and will help address driver shortage.

The MTA staff is strongly encouraging our members to sponsor drivers and participate with the Driver Training Funding Program. If you’re unsure how to fully take advantage of this opportunity, please contact the staff at the Manitoba Trucking Association.

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Top Fleet Employers
2018 HR Leader of the Year Nominations Now Open!

Employees of recognized Top Fleet Employers who hold a senior management role in human resources, are encouraged to submit an application for the HR Leader of the Year award. 

Established in 2016, the award recognizes the critical and strategic role that HR professionals play in the trucking and logistics industry. The individual recognized through this award exemplifies human resources best practices in the industry through leadership, commitment to continuous learning and innovation. The nomination process is open until August 31, 2018. The award winner will be announced at the Top Fleet Employers Gala Awards Dinner on October 11, 2018, in Toronto. 

For more information, contact Cheryl Mercer at cmercer@truckinghr.com.  

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