Open to all Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents, the FYD program welcomes any applicant who possesses a clean driving record, has no criminal record, can pass a driver medical exam and can complete an essential skills assessment. For more information, please contact the PEITSC at 902 566-5563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested applicants will reach out to PEITSC staff for an intial consultation. In doing so, applicants will be pre-screened and prospective candidates will be asked to come in for an interview. Candidates will be interviewed by both employers and sector council staff.
After a candidate is chosen, they will begin their Class 1A training and will be both monitored and mentored. Participants will attend training for eight weeks at which time they will move on with their prospective employer to complete a four week internship. After the internship, participants will then begin their new career as a professional driver.
The program is designed to help break down some of the barriers that may prevent someone from pursuing training. The biggest barrier for most is a financial one. We will therefore be covering 80 percent cost of the training, as well as provide a weekly stipend to offset some of the financial burden. Another common barrier to entering the industry is most new entrants do not already have a connection to the industry which leaves them struggling with what companies they should approach for employment. We hope to alleviate this by bringing the employers to the table in the selection process. PEITSC, Skills PEI and our industry partners will ensure participants and companies are paired in a manner that complement one another.
What do we fund?
As part of the Find your Drive initiative, the PEITSC will provide financial assistance for:
What is not covered through funding?
During the initial screening process for this project, applicants will be required to submit industry-required documents as to determine employment eligibility. This will include, a driver’s abstract, a driver’s medical certificate and a criminal background check. The cost of these documents are the responsibility of the applicant. For those that get through the initial screening, an essential skills assessment will also be required at an additional cost $150.00 to the applicant.
Participants must be looking to enter the industry as full-time truck drivers. This program is not for those seeking part time work or to supplement another income. In order to gauge each applicant's employability prospects in the industry, each of the three previously-mentioned required documents applicants must submit--i.e. Driving Abstract, Criminal Record Check and Driver’s Medical Certificate--will be assessed accordingly. Candidates with issues related to these documents may be screened out. Participants must put in the effort required of the training. This includes perfect attendance during training.
Most importantly, we want people with drive! We hope that our participants really want this opportunity and want to make the best of it. If this sounds like you, don't hesitate--apply today!
The PEI Trucking Sector Council (PEITSC) conducts regular employment assessments for new truck drivers wishing to enter the industry. As part of this process, PEITSC assesses an individual’s likelihood to find employment in the industry based on their basic essential skills levels, driving record, criminal history and medical fitness. If any employment barriers are identified, PEITSC staff will provide the information to the individual as well as some potential solutions to overcome these barriers. This program is mandatory for those accessing SkillsPEI funding. For more information, or to register for an assessment, please follow the link below.