Standardized training for all jurisdictions

Since early 2017, the Saskatchewan Trucking Association has been working closely with Saskatchewan Government Insurance and the trucking industry to move Saskatchewan towards a standard curriculum for all Class 1 trainees in Saskatchewan. After a spring meeting with Minster Hargrave, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, the message is clear that Saskatchewan is on the right path in this pursuit.

The STA request is that all drivers entering truck driver training are taught a standard curriculum that includes classroom and in cab training that is a minimum of 70 hours. On a national level, the CTA and provincial association would like to see all jurisdictions move towards mandatory training and a standard curriculum is a step towards achieving this goal.

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STA promotes careers in trucking
Aiding the Saskatchewan trucking industry in closing the gap on the ever-present truck driver shortage is advocacy work the STA takes very seriously. While it is clear to our members that there is no single long or short-term solution to the driver shortage, the association is taking key steps to address it. Staff recently attended a career fair in Regina to spread awareness of the many careers the trucking industry had to offer.

Information on current availabilities at STA Member companies were promoted while younger attendees were provided information on the trucking as a viable career option. The STA has also been working with the newly created Saskatchewan Ministry of Immigration and Career Training to fill empty driver’s seats.

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Networking Breakfast a great success
The STA Networking Breakfast in Saskatoon was a great success this year. Well attended by carrier companies and affiliates alike, the networking breakfast includes an education component on key industry issues. This year, an information session with Diabetes Canada was included, with a key focus on the truck transport industry. With driver health becoming an increasingly important conversation in the trucking industry, Diabetes Canada offered suggestions about how workplace can keep all staff healthy, whether they are in the office or in a truck. Professional truck drivers are estimated to be at a 50% higher risk of diabetes, a statistics that is grabbing the attention of the industry.

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STA audit services
The Saskatchewan Trucking Association is offering a new service. Companies that have recently undergone an audit or are seeking assistance for an upcoming audit – the STA can help. Our industry veterans can assist your staff on complying with a variety of regulations. For more information, please contact Russ Turgeon at info@sasktrucking.com.

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And the award goes to Kindersley Transport
Congratulations to Kindersley Transport for being awarded the 2017 Employment Equity Achievement Award from the Labour Program of Canada for their outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
A Top Fleet Employer of Distinction, Kindersley Transport has demonstrated a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining employees from diverse labour pools and implementing best practices in human resources to create a positive workplace culture where employees feel respected and engaged. 

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