Com­mer­cial Safety Col­lege

Sta­bil­ity found within the truck­ing in­dus­try

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Nova Sco­tia cur­rently has an abun­dance of jobs avail­able within the truck­ing in­dus­try, and no one to fill them. The Trac­tor Trailer (Class 1) In­tern­ship pro­gram at Com­mer­cial Safety Col­lege is prepar­ing peo­ple to start their ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional driver within the truck­ing in­dus­try.

“The pro­gram is 12 weeks long, with the first eight weeks fo­cus­ing on a bal­anced cur­ricu­lum of safety and me­chan­i­cal stud­ies, with the hands-on prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence of ma­neu­ver­ing skills and on-road driv­ing,” says Jeremy Ni­chols, the gen­eral man­ager at Com­mer­cial Safety.

Af­ter com­plet­ing the ini­tial eight weeks, the stu­dents move onto four-week, 160-hour in­tern­ships. Here, they are paired with a coach from one of the 20+ com­pa­nies that Com­mer­cial Safety works with. The in­tern­ships vary be­tween place­ments in Nova Sco­tia, At­lantic Canada, go­ing across Canada or even through­out the United States.

More and more op­por­tu­ni­ties are be­com­ing avail­able for both lo­cal work and long-haul trips. “It’s not a cri­sis yet, but we’re get­ting close,” says Jeremy about the ex­treme need for able driv­ers within the in­dus­try. There is no prior truck-driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary, just a driver’s li­cense, and a will­ing­ness to learn.

Jeremy adds that this on-the-job train­ing leads to great em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, with the pro­gram lead­ing to to a 95 per­cent em­ploy­ment rate within a month of fin­ish­ing. A ca­reer in truck­ing pro­vides what ev­ery­one is search­ing for: a sta­ble ca­reer, with a good pay­check.

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