Professional driver training puts people on the road to success

Up to eight eligible British Columbians will receive professional driver training to prepare them for jobs in the transportation industry.

The province’s new Community-Employer Partnerships (CEP) project prioritizes Indigenous people and those facing multiple barriers, including those who are unemployed or underemployed.

Participants will receive training in areas such as health and safety, employability and job skills, Class 1 learner’s license preparation, mandatory entry-level driver training (including on air brakes), Occupational First Aid Level 1 and Transport Approval.

All participants will receive at least 240 hours of work experience with local employers and three weeks of follow-up support. The activities will take place from May 9 to October 28, 2022 in Lillooet.

“People rely on professional drivers every day to transport goods around the province, such as food, medicine, building materials and auto parts, to name a few,” Nicholas said. Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “This new CEP project will provide participants with practical skills to find employment in the transport industry.

The province is providing $304,067 to the Lillooet Tribal Council for the project. Driver training will be provided by Go Team Professional Training Ltd. and project partners include Bridge River Indian Band, Dawson Road Maintenance, Tsal’alh Development Corporation, T’itq’et Administration, Xaxli’p Development Corporation and Cayoosh Transportation.

“Future Class 1 drivers who complete mandatory entry-level training will be competent and confident additions to the commercial trucking industry, making our roads safer for everyone,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure. “This project is breaking down financial barriers so people can access the training they need to build a strong future for themselves and for the province.

Participants will also learn “soft skills” in areas such as communication, team building, time management, resume writing, job search techniques, and interviewing.

“This project provides a combination of classroom skills and hands-on training, which will help participants thrive in their daily lives,” said Yvonne LaRochelle, Program Manager of the Lillooet Community Adult Learning Center. TribalCouncil. “We are thrilled that participants are empowered to pursue careers in the professional driving industry.”

Fast facts:

  • Funding for this project is provided by the Project Based Labor Market Training component of WorkBC’s CEP.
  • CEP investments target 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
  • In 2021-22, the Department of Social Development and Poverty Reduction provided approximately $3.4 million from the CEP to support Indigenous peoples and communities.

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