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  1. Five reasons why you should consider a career in trucking

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    Want to jump into a second career? Are you deciding what driving school to attend? Are you debating on following in a family members’ footsteps to become a professional truck driver? No one’s path to trucking, or any career is linear. Everyone has their own story of why they chose a career in the transportation industry.

    At The Erb Group of Companies, we have drivers from all walks of life. A large portion of our driver workforce are in their 50s. However, we are seeing a new generation of drivers coming into the industry. Our workforce has seen several female drivers emerging, and millennials applying to job roles.

    Are you still on the fence and wondering if a career in trucking is right for you? We’ve outlined five reasons why you may want to consider a career in trucking.

    Job Security

    As a specialist in temperature-controlled transportation and logistics, we are in a unique position to always have shipment demands. There is always a need for perishable food items. They are and will always be in demand; meaning you are never without job security. Even during the pandemic, our drivers remained busy, still on the roads, delivering items throughout North America. Trucking also plays a vital role in the Canadian and U.S. economy. According to Transport Canada, roughly 30,000 trucks cross the Canada-U.S. border every day, carrying an estimated $1 billion in goods. In 2021, there were 324,200 truck drivers in Canada, an increase from 300,000 drivers in 2020.

    Career Pathways

    For most truck drivers, this is a second career. However, you can still move through the ranks or find roles that suit your preferences and lifestyle. As a current employee, you have access to job postings before they are listed externally. This allows you to have the first pick at applying for your next cool move.

    Community-driven

    Community and family-based values are embedded into our foundation. We don’t always shout about our community involvement, but you won’t go a week or month without hearing about The Erb Group of Companies pitching in to help. Our latest involvement includes driving mattresses donated by a local company to a community youth shelter. Food drives, sponsoring local playgrounds or celebrating females in the industry are few a few initiatives you can get involved with.

    Freedom and Independence

    Not a fan of the office cubicle? Truck driving is a great way to see our North American landscape. Our drivers like the independent lifestyle they get while on the road. If you want a real treat, our long-haul cross-border drivers get the amazing experience to see some pretty wicked sunsets.

    Flexible Schedule

    Want to still be able to come home at night? You can become a Local Driver. Want to live a life on the road? You can find roles as a long-haul driver within Canada or cross-border. Let’s drop a myth buster fact right now. Not all truck drivers are away from home for 2-3 weeks at a time. You have the flexibility to find a job opportunity and get the hours that suit your lifestyle. Speak with our recruiters or managers to learn about how you can push your career forward.

    Learn more about how the trucking industry is evolving by visiting Canadian Trucking Alliance’s “Choose to Truck” campaign. Know someone that may benefit from reading this? Share the link with a friend.

  2. Is trucking a good career choice?

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    Amrit Nijjar, is a 25-year-old Punjabi Canadian who recently passed his three-month probation at The Erb Group of Companies to become a full-time AZ US Local Driver. Initially, he went to trade school to be an auto mechanic. He worked in the field for a short period but didn’t feel that he was progressing or making the salary at the rate he hoped.

    Amrit explained, “I’m part of a multi-generational trucking family. My grandfather, dad, and uncles all drive trucks. I saw them work as owner-operators and start their own trucking company. Since I wasn’t making the money I needed as a mechanic, I started to work for a company that had no family ties.”

    Bumping into other drivers on the road, Amrit began to hear more and more about The Erb Group of Companies from fellow drivers. “I was the first in my family to make the leap to a mainstream trucking company outside of the Indian community. Although I loved working with my community, I needed to make my next career step. The support system and training I have experienced in the short time at Erb feels like night and day difference. While on the road, I noticed Erb trucks were always well-maintained. As they say, happy drivers, happy company.”

    Typical Day

    Amrit mainly does local runs in Mississauga and every so often crosses the border into Buffalo. He adds, “I like to sleep at home every night. I’m engaged and ready to get married soon. I’m able to stay local but still do cross-border, which allows me to keep that balance. It’s the best of both worlds.”

    A typical day starts early, between 4-7 AM. He liaises with dispatch to get all his paperwork, followed by a pre-trip inspection and filling out the paperwork. Later he checks his satellite messages before heading out to do pick-ups and deliveries.

    Career Aspirations

    “I have two mentors at Erb that I really value. Driver Supervisor, Tracy Quinn, has always believed in me and continues to guide me. Fred is guy who started off as a driver and now works in the office within the Driver Services department. I think it’s valuable to have mentors when you’re new to the industry.”

    Amrit hopes to become an in-cab trainer in the future. “From the very first day, Tracy has believed in me and has seen my good work ethic when it comes to paperwork. After my probation, I hope to become an in-cab trainer. I feel like I can help more drivers do their jobs efficiently and accurately. It’s very fulfilling.” In just a short period, Amrit describes himself as becoming a more safety-conscious driver through patience and sharing of tips between colleagues.

    He continues to be an advocate for the industry and is always trying to convince friends to come into trucking. Amrit adds, “It’s a fun and challenging career to get into. Every day is different. The change of pace is what I really value, and money comes second.”

    Interested in driving for The Erb Group of Companies? Check out our job postings here. We do request one year of driving experience; however, once you have reached the 10–12-month mark, we encourage you to reach out to our recruiting team to start learning about the application process. Please email us at recruiting@erbgroup.com when you are ready to make cool moves!

     

  3. How this Erb driver went from construction to driving trucks

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    Edwin Lopez didn’t always aspire to be a driver. He originally started his career at a car dealership in Kitchener after graduating high school. Thereafter, he heard the news that he had a son on the way! He wanted to move forward into a new career opportunity, which led him to construction. Edwin worked in construction for three seasons, but it didn’t offer him a consistent income year-round. A family member encouraged him to apply for a job at The Erb Group of Companies in 2019.

    We sat down with Edwin to hear more about his role at Erb. Edwin said, “When I started at Erb, I got a letter from Wendell and his dad, Vernon. The letter said, although our company is large, our door is always open for you. On my first day, they introduced me to Wendell, and he offered his appreciation for me coming on board. This really meant a lot to me as I really value family and how Erb is a Canadian owned company.”

    A day in the life

    Edwin began his role at Erb as a Straight Local Driver based at the Baden terminal. In January 2022, he will reach his two-year milestone with the company. A typical day for him starts off with some paperwork at the office and saying hi to the team. He explains, “Saying hi to the dock guys is really important. We work so closely with them, and it’s good practice to be friendly to co-workers.” Afterwards, he moves to a safety inspection on his truck, logging into the satellite and a bit more paperwork. Of course, before hitting the road, he stops by Tim Horton’s for his typical order. Edwin continues to share, “Being a Straight Local Driver means I always get to come home every night, so I never have to sleep in the truck. The furthest I travel to is Windsor.”

    Proud to be on board

    After completing his first year of service at Erb, Edwin was presented a plaque to highlight his hard work and dedication to the company. He tips his hat to a senior driver named Stu, a veteran driver at Erb. “He’s always happy, and you never see him frustrated. Everyone shows him nothing but respect.”

    Career development and personal growth are held to a high regard at Erb. In the nearly two years as a driver, he gained a better understanding of the trucking world. “This job made me a better person through responsibilities and hard work. At the end of the day, it feels good. I have this one bid run to a bakery, where I go every Wednesday, and store owner always shares a coffee and lunch with me. It truly makes my day, and I’m always happy to see her.”

    But the job does come with its challenges. Truck drivers’ patience can be tested quite frequently. A characteristic Edwin highlighted that he is learning to work on more. “I’m still facing it now. I aim to get all the freight taken off but sometimes things don’t always go to plan. Lineups at the pickups or grocery stores and sometimes you can’t work around it. So, I’ve learned to be patient more.”

    Using Erb benefits

    “I’ve also been using massage and physio benefits frequently. Feels good to say we have access to 20 massages a year!”

    Edwin has continued to utilize the employee benefits package by using his work boot allowance and contributing to a TFSA and RRSP. Edwin is also a walking Erb ambassador. He is always decked out in Erb clothing.

    Next cool move

    If you are looking into the trucking industry, Edwin says “It’s ideal for someone who is mature, outgoing, respectful, family- orientated, hardworking, and always looking at the bright side. At the end of the day, we are doing this for our family. The money is good, but it can equally be very hard at times. This job helps you move forward in life and opens you to new opportunities. I have been able to save and start house hunting in 2022. Erb helped me make this a reality.”

    Want to drive for Erb? Check out our active job listings here.