New Canadians get help landing trucking jobs


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Immigrants who want to get into the trucking industry will be getting some help from a new program that aims to teach them job skills as well as industry-specific English.

The St. Louis Adult Learning Centres of Kitchener and Cambridge will start the new program for advanced English-language learners this September. Mandatory orientation sessions will be held later this month.

"We're really excited about it and we think the demand will be there," said Paul Cox, principal of St. Louis, which is run by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. "The trucking industry is telling us lots of people applying to the jobs are newcomers."

The focus of the four-month course will be on teaching students technical language, regulations and other communication skills related to the transportation sector, said program manager Gina Lammel.

The course will focus not just on truck driving, but also language related to jobs in warehouses, docks, fleet maintenance and operating centres.

An enhanced language training course focused on transportation is a first for the region, Lammel said.

The pilot project will admit 30 students -- 15 in Kitchener and 15 in Cambridge, Lammel said.

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