A new driver training program has gotten the go-ahead to start this spring in Whitecourt and Woodlands County.
The North Star Training and Employment Society along with their partners have received approval to host Class 1 Driver Training in the area.
The program is in line with the new mandatory Class 1 training required by Alberta Transportation. The course being provided is that level of training and it will be delivered by instructors and staff of Grande Prairie Regional College, but hosted primarily at Whitecourt Transport with classroom training at Brogan Safety Supplies.
In late 2019, an application was made to Alberta Transportation by the college, and with the support of local partners, approval was subsequently given to host the course locally.
President of North Star Training, Marc Chayer says the program was brought to Whitecourt after a need was identified to train more Class 1 drivers in the area. The aim of the program is to make the training accessible to local residents, and Chayer says the announcement is good news for the Whitecourt region.
Successful applicants will be eligible for funding through the Canada/Alberta Job Grant in conjunction with the hiring employers. Essentially, the student will have a job with the successful completion of the program and costs to attend the training are minimal.
Chayer explains more on the cost and funding break-down and requirements for the program.
Chayer says the partners involved will be holding an information session sometime in the near future once they receive applications. The session will then go over the program and answer questions.
The first class of drivers will start on Monday, March 16th, 2020. Those interested in applying for the training are encouraged to email Marc Chayer directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.