CROSSROADS Barrie welcomes women into our driver training programs. We have had female students successfully complete our programs and go on to careers in the transportation industry.
“Woman in Trucking in Canada” is an organization aimed at supporting and encouraging woman towards a career as a truck driver.
Crossroads Barrie supports their Mision objectives including:
Expanding Employment Options for Women
Improving and Promoting Training Standards
Messaging Public Safety around large vehicles
Promoting and Encouraging the Professional Driver Image
Safety Issues facing women in the industry
Excerpt from Women in Trucking in Canada:
ENCOURAGING WOMEN TO ENTER THE CANADIAN TRUCKING INDUSTRY
CAMBRIDGE, Ont. – (March 1, 2017) – Shelley Uvanile-Hesch wants to see more women working in the trucking industry, but she knows it won’t happen without those who are already there lending a hand.
That’s why in 2014 she founded the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada, which recruits and mentors women in a profession that is overwhelmingly male. The group estimates that only 3 percent of Canadian truck drivers are women.
The federation has about 50 members, including men, and a handful of corporate sponsors, including the Highway Western Star dealership in Ontario. The group includes professionals who hold non-driving jobs in the trucking industry, such as dispatchers, managers and parts technicians.
“We really want to encourage more women into the industry. It’s a good job and there is a definite need for more truckers,” she said. “It’s a man’s world, but it’s coming around.” more…