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Old Feb 22nd 2013, 1:55 pm
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Does anyone know of Canadian trucking companies that will train from scratch - or pay for the new-hire's HGV training, on the basis he stays with that company for 'x' months?

It seems to be common in the USA (CR England, Schneider etc) but I can't find Canuck trucking companies doing the same.

I have Canadian PR, a 10 year B1/B2 visa for the USA, a Mexican passport and I'm fluent in Spanish...just lacking the commercial license.
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Folks
Does anyone know of Canadian trucking companies that will train from scratch - or pay for the new-hire's HGV training, on the basis he stays with that company for 'x' months?

It seems to be common in the USA (CR England, Schneider etc) but I can't find Canuck trucking companies doing the same.

I have Canadian PR, a 10 year B1/B2 visa for the USA, a Mexican passport and I'm fluent in Spanish...just lacking the commercial license.
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Old Feb 23rd 2013, 6:09 pm
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Manitoba has a program up and running to get new blood into trucking <snip>
Thanks for the link. It is interesting, though not without several hoops that must be jumped through. These include, amongst other things:
1. Must be a resident of Manitoba
2. Must be pre-approved by Employment Manitoba
3. Must already be in employment with an approved trucking company and must sign a contract to stay with them for 2 years after completion of training.

Still, might be worth further investigation.

Anyone else know of companies - Maritimes preferably - that do their own 'in-house' training a la Schneider/CR England?
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Old Feb 23rd 2013, 8:41 pm
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Why not just pay for you're own training then claim it back in taxes at the end of the year ?

Then you're not tied to any company and work where you like , Even short haul as you have PR .
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Why not just pay for you're own training then claim it back in taxes at the end of the year ?
'Cos the only deal I can find in NS that offers an internship (required to get around the '2 years experience required') is the Commercial Safety College - costs C$9600, which I don't have - and they cannot guarantee employment after graduation.

I guess I could borrow, but I'd rather (at this point) hock myself into working for a company for 'x' months on the basis they paid for training.
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Its never a good idea to "lock" yourself into a company , Ask the thousands that came over on the Alberta PNP and worked as a temporary worker until they had PR . A lot went back home broke and destitute because they couldn't work with the draconian ways of the company i.e. Hanging around for days on end as a unpaid baby sitter whilst waiting for a load. Not to mention waiting all day for a load then be expected to run all night to make up for lost time , Working like this , the company as a " hold on you " and they know it and use it to their advantage.

Personally I would avoid this at all costs even go as far to say avoid the industry as well if you can .
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Personally I would avoid this at all costs even go as far to say avoid the industry as well if you can .
Thanks for the advice - seems a lot of folk on various trucking-related fora say pretty much the same thing.

Although I would never expect to make a fortune, I am looking for something I can get into quickly, work at for 5 years or so and build a retirement fund...which wouldn't have to be that large, given I'm 49 and single.
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sorry to interupt are you saying the TRUCKING industry is that bad over in canada.
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Nope ..

But for someone without experience and a class one licence , being tied to one company will almost certainly end in tears .
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Thanks for the link. It is interesting, though not without several hoops that must be jumped through. These include, amongst other things:
1. Must be a resident of Manitoba
2. Must be pre-approved by Employment Manitoba
3. Must already be in employment with an approved trucking company and must sign a contract to stay with them for 2 years after completion of training.

Still, might be worth further investigation.

Anyone else know of companies - Maritimes preferably - that do their own 'in-house' training a la Schneider/CR England?
May be get out of the Maritimes, the trucking industry over there is pretty dead.
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May be get out of the Maritimes, the trucking industry over there is pretty dead.
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Folks
Does anyone know of Canadian trucking companies that will train from scratch - or pay for the new-hire's HGV training, on the basis he stays with that company for 'x' months?

It seems to be common in the USA (CR England, Schneider etc) but I can't find Canuck trucking companies doing the same.

I have Canadian PR, a 10 year B1/B2 visa for the USA, a Mexican passport and I'm fluent in Spanish...just lacking the commercial license.
Try Bulk Carriers on PEI.
They even pay you while you train. I did mine there, you only pay for the tests
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