Confederation College in Thunder Bay is partnering with the Northern Academy of Transportation Training (NATT) to fill the need for truck drivers in northwestern Ontario.
The Sudbury-based career college is assisting the Thunder Bay college in launching a new AZ Truck Driver MELT (Mandatory Entry Level Training) program.
The program provides both classroom and practical training, includes real-world driving scenarios with an emphasis on defensive driving.
In a Nov. 2 news release, NATT said their program “meets and exceeds all mandatory objectives” in the Ministry of Transportation’s Commercial Truck Driver Training Standard. Program graduates will have the capabilities to drive a wide range of vehicles.
“We are pleased to align with NATT, an organization with a proven track record and strong reputation in offering training for the truck driving industry,” said Jason Ozbolt, Confederation’s training initiative manager.
“The program will serve to fill a gap in our region, while providing graduates with an important career opportunity. We’ll not only be able to deliver the program in Thunder Bay, but also bring it to our regional campuses and communities.”
NATT general manager Brian Pattison said it was “an easy decision” to partner with Confederation
“We’ve seen success with this program through our private career college in Sudbury and are happy to play a role in bringing the training opportunity to Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario.
“This program will support graduates finding jobs, while also meeting the employment needs of the industry.”