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YWCA CHANGING GEARS is a Free 23-week Class 1 Truck Driving Training Program for Women

Are you on EI or have been within the last five years?

Interested in securing full-time employment as a truck driver in the transportation industry?

Project Description:

This Project-Based Labour Market Training (PBLMT)  program offers training to women to gain the skills necessary to obtain their Class 1 Drivers Licence.

Next intake: TBD

Training includes:

  • Class 1 Driver training and on-the-road practice (city and mountain)
  • Air-brake Certification
  • Class 1 Trucking Essential Skills Training
  • Group pre-trip course
  • National Safety Code (log books)
  • Defensive driving, Extreme driving Courses
  • Load Securement – practical
  • Hauling Freight, Commercial Driving Courses
  • SMART Driver Course
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Occupational First Aid Level I, WHMIS
  • Self-defense training
  • Health and Wellness component
  • Job Search support and placement with local employers
  • Evasive Maneuvers

Our training is provided in partnership with Valley Driving School. 

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible participants are unemployed women:

  • Currently on EI or have been within the last five years OR; 
  • Have earned $2,000 or more and paid employee EI premiums in at least 5 of the last 10 years 
  • Have established a benefit period and were paid maternity benefits within the past five years and are re-entering the labour force 
  • Have a valid Class 5 BC driver’s license and a clean driver’s abstract
  • No outstanding fines and/or bridge tolls 
  • English proficiency 
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Ability to commit to 23 weeks of full-time classroom and practical training

How to register:

If you meet the eligibility requirements, contact your local WorkBC Centre and ask for a referral from a Case Manager. 

To find a WorkBC Centre near you,  please visit workbccentres.ca

For more information, contact Changing Gears at:


Tel. 604-809-1001

Changing Gears in the news: 

Changing Gears: Program aims to increase women in B.C. trucking industry - By the Vancouver Sun