According to research conducted by Trucking HR, women currently make up only three percent of the trucking community in Canada. The under-representation of women in the transportation industry in Canada extends to mechanics (three percent), dispatchers (18 percent), and managerial staff (11 percent).
CEO of the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada, Shelley Uvanile-Hesch, said, “We need to get into the schools and colleges to get more women and girls interested.”
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Uvanile-Hesch added that attitudes towards women in the industry have improved but there’s still work to be done.
“There is still sexual harassment going on [in] the workplace,” she said.
According to David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, having been involved in the Trucking HR study, said ‘the industry needs to improve its image among millennials as a whole when it considers how to attract more women.’
Currently, only about one in 10 million millennials would consider trucking as a career, with added hesitance for young women.