Collège Boréal’s Hearst campus is pleased to offer for the first time the AZ Truck Driving program to members of the Constance Lake First Nation community.
Thanks to funding provided by Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services, members of the Constance Lake First Nation community now have the opportunity to enroll in the AZ Truck Driving program and chart a career path within the trucking industry. This fall, five young women and three young men are taking part in the program offered in collaboration with Collège Boréal’s Timmins campus.
“Collège Boréal has been helping young people reach their professional aspirations for the past 20 years. Recognizing the labour shortages in trades, we are proud to contribute to the sustainability of Northern Ontario communities through programs such as this.”
Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal
“Members of the Constance Lake First Nation community can now earn their AZ license locally. Upon completion of the program, they can work for the locally owned company Weekoban Trucking and help meet the needs of the trucking industry in Northern Ontario.”
Fred Sackaney, Chief of Constance Lake First Nation
- Collège Boréal offers various Continuing Education programs in Hearst, Kapuskasing, and Timmins.
- The AZ Truck Driving program can be completed in six (6), eight (8) or (twelve) 12 weeks.
- Although women only represent approximately 3% of truck drivers in Canada, 5 out of the 8 students enrolled in Collège Boréal’s AZ Truck Driving program this fall are women.
- Students who meet the requirements for Second Career through Employment Ontario services can receive funding to cover a portion or all of the costs associated with the program.
- According to Trucking Human Resources Canada, the truck transportation sector will need a minimum of 153,000 additional workers by 2021 (an average of 14,100 workers per year) to address the increase in demand, current vacancies, and retirements in an aging workforce. (Immigration Portal for Trucking 2013)
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
For the second year in a row, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates of all 24 community colleges in Ontario. Moreover, 100% of all surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!
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