Here’s what I know. Trucking, and the business of, is one of the most underrated sectors of business today. Yet, it is one of the most important. It is one of the top three professions in our country, by employment numbers. If you buy it, use it or need it, a truck (driver) probably brought it to you. How is it that it is the hardest sector to recruit for? How is it that we don’t have high school kids planning on being a driver in grade ten, like they start planning for university? It’s frustrating and baffling to me, all at the same time. What is it going to take to get the message across, that if we don’t do something now, we will be bemoaning our situation in the not so very distant future?
This is not new, nor will it go away on its own. I applaud the work of so many good people who have and are still, striving to get the message out and are actually doing something about what I call this entire DS (Driver Shortage). A little play on acronyms but I think you can see relation. The recruiting fair last June in Burlington hosted by Kim Richardson Training Specialist and sponsored by Pearson Dunn Insurance was a great success and a real clear picture on who gets it. The fleets that were there on a Saturday to welcome new and current drivers with a big smile and a hearty handshake showed me we can still get this done. I hope if you’re in this industry, you take every opportunity to participate in solutions. It seems to me that the transportation industry has more “doers” than “gliders”. It has been my experience that if you’re in this industry it is definitely by choice and you are defined by your passion for it. I challenge all of you this year, to take part in something that furthers our efforts in replenishing our pool. Attend/participate in a job fair, support trucking organizations like the OTA and the ATA; attend conferences and workshops put on by your local transportation club and network with your peers. If you do, you are liable to see me there, on my soap box, no doubt. As for now I will hop off of it and wish you a super September!!! Go get ‘em!
About the Author
Lisa Arseneau is transportation insurance broker with over 25 years of experience in the trucking industry. She is the Vice President of T.R.I.P Division of the Pearson Dunn Insurance. She is a member of the Ontario Trucking Association, The Toronto and Hamilton Transportation Clubs and is and is passionate advocate for her clients.
Lisa can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org