Fifty four women are being prepped for careers in the trucking industry by the Ontario government. Part of this $1.3 billion dollar program is being led by the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada. The Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada will provide 200 hours of training needed to obtain both AZ ((tractor-trailer) and DZ (straight truck) licenses. The program utilizes a combination of both virtual reality systems and in-cab hands on training. The goal of both methods being to train job seekers on how to not only operate a commercial vehicle, but also conduct inspections, maintain the vehicles and understand commercial vehicle systems/controls.
In addition to trucking specific training, the program will also provide training for forklift operation, defensive driving, workplace violence and harassment, and human trafficking awareness. After graduation from the program, the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada works with program members to ensure they are employed as professional drivers. The program also provides transportation assistance and childcare support for up to $1,000. There is even a weekly allowance of $400 and $300 bonus for equipment. The very first cohort in-person training begins July 1st and is available in multiple locations including: Kitchener-Waterloo, the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, and London.
According to the Ontario provincial government, at least 6,100 more truck drivers are needed to fill driving job vacancies. Only 2 percent of Ontario truck drivers are women, which is why the program will reimburse up to $4,500 for childcare and other living expenses.
Trucking Jobs for Women in the United States
If you’re a woman looking to get started in the trucking industry in the United States, there are several resources available to help you navigate the industry and find opportunities. Here are some organizations and websites that can provide valuable information and support:
- Women in Trucking Association (WIT): WIT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the trucking industry. They offer resources, networking opportunities, and scholarships. Visit their website: https://www.womenintrucking.org/
- Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI): PTDI sets industry standards for truck driver training programs. They provide a list of certified truck driving schools across the United States. Their website is a useful resource for finding reputable training programs: https://www.ptdi.org/
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA): The FMCSA is a government agency responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight for commercial motor vehicles. Their website has information on licensing requirements, safety regulations, and resources for prospective truck drivers: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/
- Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA): CVTA represents truck driver training schools and offers resources and information for individuals interested in pursuing a career in trucking. Their website includes a directory of member schools: https://cvta.org/
- TruckingTruth: TruckingTruth is an online resource that provides comprehensive information on trucking careers, including training, job listings, industry news, and forums where you can connect with experienced truck drivers: https://www.truckingtruth.com/
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