CargoM launches trucking career day

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

CargoM, the Logistics and Transportation Metropolitan Cluster of Montreal, has launched a career-day program to introduce students to trucking careers.

The Trucking Career Immersion Program (TCIP) aims to introduce participants to the truck driving trade through an information session, practical tests and a workplace visit. Afterwards, participants who want to earn a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in truck transportation will be able to meet with a guidance counsellor, who will be able to guide them through the registration process.

“We are pleased to give people who are interested in the sector a realistic picture in just one day of this trade, whose different facets may be misunderstood and which offers so many possibilities,” said Mathieu Charbonneau, executive director of CargoM.

“With all the types of transportation in an urban setting or on short- to long-distance hauls, and types of cargo and companies to work for, this trade provides a multitude of opportunities. We hope that program participants will choose this fast track to a new career.”

Under-represented groups

CargoM hopes the program will attract under-represented groups such as  women, youth and newcomers to Canada to help fill the large number of vacancies in the local trucking industry. In 2021, Montreal-area trucking companies were actively recruiting to fill close to 3,000 positions.

The Trucking Career Immersion Program has received financial support from the Conseil emploi métropole.

CargoM is also working with Camo-route, the the trucking sector council in Quebec, and the CFTR, the Saint-Jérôme road transport training centre.

“Once enrolled in the Trucking DVS, students will learn to drive truck equipment used in the transportation industry.  The trucks are equipped with non-synchronized manual, automatic or automated transmissions. Our reputation for training qualified drivers makes it possible to meet the demand and the different realities of the constantly changing trucking industry,” said Sébastien Roy, deputy director, business services at the CFTR.

The activities are free. For dates of the immersion days or to register, click here.