All-female class graduates big-rig program


Photo: Seven women received their Class-1 driver’s licence on Friday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Friday was a big day for seven local women, who got certified to drive big-rig trucks.

The all-female class was the first to graduate from a new pilot project created by the Province, in the hopes of increasing the amount of women in the oil and gas industry.

Nancy Mcnab represents M. Turner and Associates, one of the companies who partnered with the Province in the project.

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Participants needed a grade of 80% to become certified.

The students participated in a variety of sessions to prepare them for their new job.

They practiced driving on a virtual simulator, and took the air break exam. Students also took life lesson courses including sessions on working away from the family and harassment and fatigue management.

Upon graduation, three women were offered jobs driving big-rigs.

Tanya Bartsch was hired by Safety Boss. She says this job has been a dream come true, and having some extra zeros on the pay cheque, isn’t too bad either.

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The pilot project was funded by the Canada Labour Market Agreement.

Nancy Mcnab says her company will be in talks with the Ministry, to see if more classes will be held in the future.