KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. (KRTS) in Caledonia ON has announced a scholarship in partnership with Contrans Flatbed Group in Hagersville ON for a graduating student from high schools within Haldimand County to receive a 200-hour AZ Tractor Trailer training program from KRTS, followed by a job placement opportunity at Contrans.
The scholarship will be open to any graduating student who will turn 18 years of age by the September following their graduating year (for student graduating in June 2018, they would need to turn 18 by September 2018). Other requirements for the scholarship include a clean criminal record, spotless drivers abstract, and a ‘G’ license. Applicants will also be required to submit an essay of up to 1,000 words as to why they want to enter the trucking industry, and complete a behavioral assessment survey. 2 reference letters will also need to be submitted with the application. A committee has been formed consisting of representation from KRTS, Contrans, and a trucking industry insurance professional.
The individual selected to receive the scholarship will receive a 200-hour AZ Tractor Trailer Training program through KRTS which is valued at $8,345. The program will include classroom training, computer based training, in-yard training, and a minimum of 50 hours one on one behind the wheel training. This program is registered through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD), is approved by the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO), and is a certified program of the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI).
“We are very excited to offer this opportunity to an individual graduating from one of the high schools in Haldimand County,” says Matt Richardson, Sales and Operations Manager at KRTS. “KRTS is very involved with trying to get the younger generation involved in the trucking industry as it is a great opportunity for a long term sustainable career. By providing the scholarship winner with a program that is recognized industry wide, we are giving them a great starting block for the rest of their time in the industry.”
Upon completion of all aspects of the program at KRTS, Contrans Flatbed Group out of Hagersville, has made a commitment to hire the individual should they continue to meet all required criteria. Although the individual will not be able to complete any cross-border transportation until the age of 21, they have several placement opportunities that will allow the scholarship winner to learn the industry from the ground up.
“We are proud to partner with KRTS on this scholarship initiative,” Kara Kett, Recruiting and Retention at Contrans stated. “This is a fantastic opportunity for a member of our community to develop themselves and kick start their career in this dynamic industry. We strongly believe in the education and practical experience the recipient will gain through KRTS and are excited to welcome another member to our team.”