Trucking is our life and could be your future
As a dedicated truckload specialist we continue to satisfy the ongoing needs of our valued customers. We have been fortunate to retain our company technicians, owner operators and company drivers at higher than industry standards for several reasons including:
- Our regional locations provide solid employment and more home time
- The dedicated nature of our client relationships give us a high percentage of scheduled runs that allow drivers to plan their time at work and with family
- The team atmosphere at ITS includes our drivers, truck and trailer technicians
- We have both “on-the-job” mentoring and apprenticeship programs to constantly add to our resources in this area
Truck and trailer technicians
A safe, efficient and sustainable fleet of trucks and trailers is a top priority at ITS. In order to ensure that our fleet continues to run smoothly, we need a talented roster of qualified technicians to maintain our equipment on a daily basis.
Not only do we employ qualified technicians with years of professional experience, ITS prides itself on giving prospective truck and trailer technicians the opportunity to finish their apprenticeship programs in one of our shops. By providing practical, hands-on experience, apprentices gain the necessary tools required in order to be successful in the trade of their choice.
Becoming a professional truck driver at an ITS training terminal/facility
Our recruiting and driver capacity development initiatives are augmented through the use of our own, uniquely and proprietary administered in-house “driver mentoring program”. This mentoring program allows ITS to recruit and screen newly qualified class “A” – “Z” drivers directly from approved, Ministry of Training Colleges & University, (MTCU) Transport Driver Training Programs throughout Ontario. Bridging the gap between receiving your driver’s license and gaining invaluable “on-the-job” training that is designed to ensure the smooth integration into the trucking industry as well as a long and rewarding career with ITS as a member of Professional Transport Driving Staff.
At the very core of the ITS driver mentoring program is our complete corporate buy-in from the top down that ensures that every level and department within our operation is supporting the development of the entry-level driver during their training and beyond in every way possible. All entry-level drivers “in training” are paid a weekly training allowance throughout their development and their core skills development training can be tailored or customized to their unique skill sets and/or career path with ITS Most of our entry-level student drivers will be trained and mentored to operate in our Canadian – USA line-haul operations, while others may be trained to drive within our domestic or even our contract shunt operations. Our competency based program follows a progressive and proven skills developmental methodology that will ensure a smooth transition into a career with ITS as a safe, confident and competent Professional Transport Driver.
At ITS, we also provide our carefully selected in-house driver trainers / mentors with “Certification, (Train-the-Trainer) Training Programs” as well as on-going professional development training throughout their tenure as trainers / mentors with ITS, as this investment in professional development ensures the consistent delivery and administration of our driver mentoring program, while minimizing operational and administrative risks associated with the administration of this very successful program.
Entry-Level Driver applicant prerequisites:
- Entry-Level Applicant must have successfully completed a minimum 200 hour truck driver training program from an approved (MTCU) private career or community college, (transcripts will be requested).
- Entry-Level Applicant must be 21 years of age and have a clean drivers abstract, acceptable criminal record check and otherwise meet all of the ITS hiring criteria.
- Entry-Level Applicant must not be taking or using any “disqualifying” medications or recreational substances and will be required to submit to drug testing.
- Entry-Level Applicant must complete and pass a preliminary in-cab driving evaluation / “base-line” skills assessment.
- Entry-Level Applicant must have approved safety footwear and work gloves, all other PPE will be supplied.
Highlights of the program include:
- Training is “open-ended” which means that there is no specified cut-off date or pressure placed upon either the trainee or trainer. If progress is being made, training will continue.
- Trainees will receive pay / training allowance during their training / mentoring period.
- Proprietary training “benchmarking” system documents results daily and summarizes weekly to measure the trajectory of core skills progression.
- Trainees must also complete a “self-assessment” before being considered for operations.
- Trainee is given a final in-depth driving evaluation by safety management and is thoroughly tested in all “core skill” areas to confirm “ skills benchmarks” have been attained.
- Operations provide an “ease-in” phase of 3-6 months to ensure that the new driver is properly acclimated into his new career with ITS.
Qualifications of our Dedicated Trainers / Coaches:
- All over-the-road Trainers / Mentors are hand selected, interviewed, vetted for suitability and provided with Certification Training as Driver Trainer.
- Trainee is given a final in-depth driving evaluation by safety management and is thoroughly tested in all “core skill” areas to confirm “ skills benchmarks” have been attained.Some of our Trainers / Mentors have over 1 million accident free miles as professional transport drivers with ITS and they continue driving for us, even when they are not training.
- All of our Trainers / Mentors are provided with detailed SOP’s / resource materials for the administration of our entry-level driver training program
- ITS Trainers / Mentors must adhere to and sign off on a detailed “Code of Conduct” and each will be measured, evaluated and accountable to this code.