The Alberta Government is hoping to help cut down on job vacancies in the trucking industry by helping to pay for training.

Currently, there are roughly 4,260 transport truck driver job vacancies throughout Alberta.

With only 2.9 per cent of the commercial trucker workforce being women, the Alberta government is hoping to increase that number to help fulfill those vacancies.

"The commercial trucking industry plays a critical role in strengthening Alberta's supply chain and contributing to our provincial economy," explained Minister of Transportation Devin Dreeshen at a media conference on February 20th. "Now more than ever, drivers are needed in the sector to help get Alberta products to market and to ensure that everyday goods and services get delivered on time."

Because of that, the Alberta Government is providing $2.8 million in funding over two years to Women Building Futures to help provide programming that teaches the necessary skills needed for the trucking industry.

This program will also help build confidence and connect graduates with companies that are committed to creating and ensuring a safe and inclusive workplace.

This $2.8 million is part of the $40 million that the provincial government had committed over four years in 2022.

That $40 million was committed to help provide commercial driver training grants to unemployed and underemployed Albertans.

The provincial government is also trying to help fill the job vacancies in the trucking industry through understanding and breaking down the barriers for prospective class 1 drivers.

While the unemployment rate for women in Alberta dropped below five per cent last month, the government is hoping this $2.8 million funding will help even more unemployed or underemployed women find successful careers and earn a regular paycheque.

"Alberta’s government is dedicated to ensuring women can fully participate in our province’s growing economy," explained the Minister of Arts, Culture and Status of Women Tanya Fir in the media release. "Our province is stronger when more women are in the driver’s seat, and through funding like this, we can help women gain meaningful employment and help continue Alberta’s impressive economic momentum."

If you wish to check out what Women Building Future has to offer, check out their website.