The Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC) announced it has received funding for a new project that will define skills needed for non-driving occupations in the trucking industry.
The funding, from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, will update existing National Occupational Standards CTHRC previously developed for several trucking industry occupations.
The new standards will cover shunt drivers; cargo workers; dispatchers; freight claims, safety and loss prevention specialists; and foremen, supervisors and managers.
A related research program will also explore young peoples’ attitudes towards careers in the trucking industry and determine whether any existing high school-to-work programs can be used to guide more students into trucking-related career paths.
“Many of CTHRC’s initiatives have focused on the trucking industry’s demand for skilled, professional drivers. You can see that reflected in our, training programs, career awareness tools, HR management tools, and existing National Occupational Standards,” said Angela Splinter, CTHRC executive director. “Our most current research indicated a growing need for skilled workers in non-driving occupations. These new National Occupational Standards will help the trucking industry to secure workers with the required skills.”