Vocational training for truck drivers benefits unemployed young people

Up to 16 eligible British Columbians will receive skills training to prepare for employment as professional truck drivers.

The new provincial Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) project focuses on training youth in the West Kootenays.

“This project empowers young people by providing them with rewarding new employment opportunities in a high-demand sector that could lead them to a brighter future,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “Participants who graduate from the program will receive their Class 1 license, along with the skills and knowledge they need to find rewarding careers in our province’s professional trucking industry.

The province is giving more than $340,000 to the Mountain Transport Institute to provide four admissions to its Class 1 professional driver training program in the West Kootenays.

“Graduates of this training program will receive the Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT), which has been required for new commercial truck drivers since October 2021,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure. “We help people become professional drivers, while making our highways safer.”

Participants will receive 10 weeks of employability and job skills training, including certification courses in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) and Level 1 First Aid with CPR, four weeks of workplace experience with local employers and two weeks of follow-up. support to prepare participants for their job search.

“Our government is providing more people with the training and experience they need to join the growing number of professional truck drivers in the region,” said Andrew Mercier, Parliamentary Secretary for Skills Training. “As part of our Future Ready plan, the program is giving more British Columbians the job training and skills they need to succeed in this growing industry.

Full-time group learning for the first intake of the project began on Monday, November 7, 2022. The second intake begins on January 3, 2023, the third intake at the end of February, and the fourth and final intake begins. in April 2023. Those interested in learning more about this or other CEP projects can contact their local WorkBC center.

“We developed this training with the idea of ​​providing people with a pathway to a career in transport,” said Andy Roberts, President, Mountain Transport Institute Ltd. “This program exceeds the minimum MELT standard in British Columbia and provides the theoretical and practical knowledge that students need to become qualified entry-level professional drivers. After obtaining their Class 1 licence, students are further supported by our industry partners with on-the-job training to launch their careers. »

This announcement is part of StrongerBC’s Future Ready plan, which makes education and training more accessible, affordable and relevant to help businesses grow and prepare British Columbians for employment.

Fast facts:

  • Funding for the project is provided through the Project Based Labor Market Training component of WorkBC’s CEP.
  • CEP investments are targeted to projects that support an inclusive economic recovery.
  • CEP projects support the training and work experience of BC job seekers and help businesses and communities meet labor market challenges.
  • Through CEP, Province Invests $15 Million a Year in Communities Across British Columbia

Learn more:

Find out how CEPs help local communities: www.workbc.ca/Employment-Services/Community-and-Employer-Partnerships.aspx

Find out how WorkBC can help find jobs for British Columbians that are right for them: www.workbc.ca/rightforyou

Find your local WorkBC Centre: https://www.workbc.ca/Employment-Services/WorkBC-Centres/WorkBC-Centres-Listing.aspx

Mountain Transport Institute: https://www.drivemti.com/melt-info/

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