More young Islanders will have the chance to earn money and gain experience in the fast–growing trucking industry. The new Team Youth Trucking initiative will create jobs for youth in a variety of trucking–related businesses across PEI.
Modelled off the successful Team Seafood initiative, it is a partnership between government and the PEI Trucking Sector Council where participants learn about the industry for 10 weeks by assisting with things like dispatching and helping drivers and mechanics.
This youth initiative follows recent amendments to the Highway Traffic Act that allow 18–year–olds in the last stages of their graduated drivers’ licence to receive a Class 3 licence to operate a heavy truck. The change allows Islanders aged 18 and older to train to fill in-demand jobs as commercial truck drivers.
More than 500 commercial trucks cross the Confederation Bridge each day and Prince Edward Island is home to more than 1,500 professional drivers.
Team Youth Trucking is supported by $93,000 in funding from SkillsPEI. Its model initiative, Team Seafood, has expanded to support 250 students in 2017 with a combined federal, provincial and sector investment of over $300,000 in bursaries. In addition, government is exploring options for a similar initiative in the construction sector.
The provincial government’s balanced 2017-18 operating budget includes over $4 million for employment initiatives for youth.
For more information on Team Youth Trucking or on training for the trucking industry, visit www.peitsc.ca.