Posted on: July 15, 2014
According to the Government of BC, truckers, along with carpenters, electricians, heavy equipment operators and welders, will be busy filling thousands of jobs over the next ten years. In fact, more than sixteen thousand new trucking jobs are expected to become available. This is great news for women, who are already making their mark in the trucking industry all over North America. Although low in numbers (less than 4% according to one Service Canada report), women truckers seem to generate a lot of media interest (remember Lisa Kelly and Maya Sieber from Ice Road Truckers?). Still, training and retaining women truckers is no small task, in part due to the misconception that driving a big rig is man’s work. Trucking HR Canada’s new Women with Drive project, formerly SWIFT, is conducting short online surveys to help the trucking industry recruit and retain more women: www.truckingHR.com. The surveys are for women already in the industry, as well as those women who may be interested in a career in trucking. Do you think you might enjoy life behind the wheel? Give Ray Trenholm a call at (250) 828-5104 or visit TRU/Columbia Transport Training, to learn more about education and training, as well as funding opportunities for qualified students.