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Building the Skills of the Trucking Industry

Trucking is the primary method for freight transportation in Canada.

While the demand for transportation continues to grow, the industry faces both an aging workforce and a shortage of qualified professional drivers. The industry is additionally at risk of disruption as the automation of vehicles is on the horizon. As a result, some professional drivers in the trucking industry are concerned about continued opportunities and whether they have the skills required to meet changing demands.

A man speaking with a truck driver.

By way of response, the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic and its partners will develop a skills enhancement program to 1) improve the productivity of drivers today and 2) prepare the workforce for future technological advancements.

The project will leverage virtual reality technology to deliver training in a way that compliments varied learning styles. The virtual reality simulator is the first of its kind specifically designed for the trucking industry with AI technology and the ability to track the user’s eyes and enhance their driving skills in the unlimited replays.

The Future Skills Centre is investing $693,420 in this two-year project, which will offer innovative teaching tools to a minimum of 150 professional drivers in Atlantic Canada, with a goal of testing how to support the retention of the existing workforce and the recruitment of new workers to the sector.

Evaluation

This project will be evaluated using tools and approaches aligned with its goals, context, and stage of development. The evaluation will focus on generating the right evidence at the right moment to move the intervention forward. Read more about our evaluation strategy.

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