Drive Forward

We’re excited to share with you a new Skills Advance Ontario program – ‘Drive Forward’!

The demand for truck drivers in our area is greatly outweighing the applicants and candidates. This is a great time for job seekers in search of long-term employment to consider a career in truck driving. Working locally with the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada, the Workforce Planning Board is seeking to help people who have considered a career in transportation in getting into industry-approved training to start their careers. Drive Forward is a 14-week tuition-free AZ training program in the Waterloo Wellington Dufferin area, and includes a 4 week placement with a local employer. Our program is designed to bring more diversity to the trucking industry, including people from indigenous, LGBTQ+, women, non-binary, youth, visible minority, low-skill, and/or low-income backgrounds.

The 14-week program includes:

  • 10 weeks of training, including:
    • info about the trucking industry, employer expectations, soft-skills, essential skills, how to maintain mental & physical health while on the road, and Covid-19 safety (delivered online)
    • industry-approved AZ Truck Driver training (online & in-truck)
  • 4-week employer placement for participants who have successfully passed the training components

Eligibility:

For employment in the transportation industry and to move forward in the program, jobseekers would need to be:

  • Interested in a career in the transportation industry;
  • Unemployed (defined as working fewer than 20 hours per week);
  • Legally entitled to work in Ontario; and
  • 21 years of age (this is reflective of carrier opportunities).
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 or higher, if English is not their first language 

Participants must not be:

  • Participating in full-time education of training; and/or
  • Participating in any other government-funded occupational training intervention.

Willing and able to meet further requirements which include:

  • Assessment of Essential Skills
  • Driver Medical 
  • Driver Abstract 
  • Criminal Record Check 
  • Drug and Alcohol testing (Note: medical marijuana use is not permitted for commercial AZ Truck Drivers)

Personalized supports will be available to participants in the program. Examples: a loan of a Chromebook to use while doing online learning, funding for safety boots, etc.

Please email sonya@workforceplanningboard.com for more information.


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