Thursday, January 31, 2013

Expert Exchange: A conversation with trucking employer Kriska Holdings Ltd.

Upgrading or choosing a new career path can be difficult. That's why triOS College is working with hundreds of corporate partners, like Kriska, to make the transition into employment easier for graduates. In addition, triOS is working with these partners to shape curriculum.  Recently, triOS College CEO, Frank Gerencser, sat down with Kriska's Recruiting Manager Caroline Blais to discuss industry needs and career opportunities.

triOS: What does Kriska look for in a new driver?

Kriska: We look for individuals that understand the difference between having a licence and being a true professional. Our industry is shaped by the behaviour of truck drivers. Being safe and courteous are key responsibilities and we need to make sure that the people we hire recognize this.

triOS: What do you look for when you review an applicant’s resume? 

Kriska: Most of the drivers we hire are new to the industry. As such, I make sure the driver has received training from a Ministry-approved program at a registered college.
If they went to a fly-by-night, illegal trucking school, we suggest they consider re-training in a registered program.
We believe that the investment the student makes in their education is just as important as the investment we make in them as an employee.

triOS: Give us your perspective on the Professional Transport Operator + Internship program at triOS College. 

Kriska: This program is very unique. It's the first program that adds a whole other dimension to the training that new drivers receive.
It goes beyond teaching them to operate the equipment to get their A-Z licence, and focuses on the many layers of the industry.
We believe this knowledge will produce better employees because they will understand how their actions impact other areas of the business. For example, if drivers are delayed, they will understand how a late delivery affects service levels and how service levels shape customer relationships.

triOS: There are some schools that offer truck driver training as low as $1,000 - $2,000. What is your perspective on this type of training?

Kriska: A graduate of a discount school would have a difficult time qualifying for our training program or being hired by our company. Many discount programs eliminate important information, making the training insufficient.
Our new employees go through a training program built upon the foundation they would have received through our partnered schools. Our training program is an investment and we look for graduates that have in-truck training and in-class instruction.
We also prefer that people have an understanding of all parts of our business such as the Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Border Crossing Procedures and Hours of Service regulations.
Ultimately, we are looking for candidates that are prepared to start their career by making an investment in themselves by attending a credible school recognized by our industry.

triOS: What makes Kriska different from an employer / employee relationship? How do you treat your drivers differently than others?
Kriska: We know that being an over the road driver is not easy, so we spend time communicating with our drivers.
We survey them for feedback on key issues like pay, benefits, home / worklife balance and conduct regular wage comparisons to ensure our drivers are very well compensated.
Our drivers can also explore various career options including training, becoming an owner-operator, or moving into an internal position. We know our methods work because in 2012, we were recognized as one of North America's 20 Best Fleets To Drive For.
We have a very good safety record, good equipment and a great reputation in the industry.
We want to hire individuals with similar values, so we make significant investments in our School Partners Program and the Voluntary Commercial Tractor-Trailer Driver Apprenticeship program. both Programs help us stay connected to new graduates and Ministry-approved schools.

About triOS College Business Technology Healthcare
Since its inception in 1992, triOS College has prepared over 20,000 job-ready graduates for rewarding careers. triOS is the proud recipient of numerous distinctions including being named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies two years in a row. triOS has nine campus locations across Southern Ontario and is registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act of Ontario. more information about triOS College may be found at

About Kriska Holdings Limited
Established in 1978, the Kriska Group of Companies is a privately held, family owned Canadian corporation. By adopting innovation early, Kriska is prepared and equipped to deliver continuous growth and improvement to their customers. As an eight-time winner of the Shipper's Choice Award and a Platinum Club Member of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies, Kriska is a truckload specialist company committed to reliable and efficient North America wide access

Friday, January 18, 2013

OACC: Choosing a Career College

Choosing a Career College
By Alix Matthews-Mahé
- Media Communications Coordinator, Ontario Association of Career Colleges

Every year, over 60,000 students choose to pursue post-secondary education at one of Ontario’s career colleges. Career colleges offer hands-on learning in a variety of skilled fields, often in just a matter of months. But, with over 600 campus locations dotted across the province, how do you decide which one is the best fit for you?

The following is a list of 5 essential tips on choosing a career college:
1.  Do your research
Find a college in your area or one that offers the program you’re looking for. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can go to to make sure the colleges you’re looking at are registered with the ministry. Also, check into professional associations, such as the Ontario Association of Career Colleges, to see if the colleges are members in good standing.
2.  Book a tour
Visiting a career college is often the best way to get a feel for the school. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to talk to teachers and students, check out the classrooms and equipment, and picture yourself as a student there.

3.  Ask questions
Try talking to current students, alumni, instructors, and employers, and ask them as many questions as you can. Colleges can often put you in touch with graduates and businesses that have hired their students, so that you can hear about their experiences with the college first-hand.
4.  Compare and contrast
Whether you walk into a college and its love at first sight or if you aren’t quite sure if it’s the right one yet, it’s always a good idea to compare. By booking a tour at another college and comparing student experiences from several campuses, you should get a good idea of what college and learning environment works best for you.

5.  Look into funding options
Career college students use a variety of funding options including personal funds, Second Career funding, WSIB funding, and OSAP. If you require OSAP funding, make sure the college is OSAP designated. If not, speak to a representative at the college to see what other options are available. 

Established in 1973, the Ontario Association of Career Colleges is a provincial voice for career colleges. OACC has over 280 members who contribute to the province’s economy by training a majority of the 60,000 students who enroll in career colleges annually in hundreds of essential, skilled fields. Visit our website at or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Open House – Internationally Educated Engineers

Open House – Internationally Educated Engineers

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm
MISSISSAUGA - On Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm, the EPIC College of Technology is holding an open house session for all Internationally Educated Engineers (IEE) who are pursuing their professional license (P.Eng.) in Canada to introduce its Technical Exam Preparation course program.

This informative session helps you decide which course(s) you should be taking, discussion on how the courses are run, what course load you can expect, the difficulty of the courses and what materials you will be provided with.  In addition, you will have an opportunity to meet and chat with some of the course instructors.

If you would like to attend this free open house session, please call Ruby at 1-888-374-2338 ext 222 or e-mail to reserve your space.

There is no cost to attend this open house session but space is limited so please reserve your spot today!

EPIC College of Technology Campus
5670 McAdam Road
Mississauga, ON L4Z 1T2

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