Sask. government launches program to train women as transport drivers

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The Government of Saskatchewan has announced a new pilot program that will train women to become transport drivers.

According to a press release issued by the government Wednesday morning, the program is set to be a partnership between the Saskatoon YWCA, the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Immigration and Career Training.

“Transport truck drivers are an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan, and an added bonus to this program is that it will help diversify our labour force,” said immigration and career training minister Jeremy Harrison. 

“It’s an exciting new project that will bring opportunities in a non-traditional occupation to benefit individuals, the province’s thriving trucking industry and communities.”

The program will operate in three phases training ten women.

Phase one will be a nine-weeks of pre-employment training at the YWCA before they move to the second phase, which is a work placement where the drivers are expected by the end to receive a work offer or a conditional offer which will lead into the third and final phase.

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