Archive for June, 2011

Truck driver jobs in Detroit get a boost

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

A carrier this week announced a partnership aimed at helping truck driver jobs and drivers in Detroit.

While truck driver jobs are plentiful, truck driver still require help to obtain that coveted job.

Con-way Truckload, a full-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc, today announced a partnership with U.S. Truck Driver Training School Inc. (USTDTS) of Detroit to create affordable training opportunities for individuals seeking to enter the truck driving profession. The aim of the partnership is to provide local training and education to enable candidates to earn their commercial driver’s license (CDL) and land a job as a professional, over-the-road truck driver with Con-way Truckload.

“Detroit, like so many other cities across the country, has been hit hard by the economic downturn, which has created a more challenging employment environment than ever, particularly for those who want to pursue careers that require going back to school and learning new skills,” said Bert Johnson, senior director of human resources, Con-way Truckload. “The trucking industry faces an acute shortage of drivers, so as one solution, we have formed this partnership with USTDTS to make it easier for individuals to enter our industry and join our company.”

Under the program, students can take advantage of a reduced tuition rate and upon graduation would be eligible to receive tuition reimbursement of up to 50 percent from Con-way Truckload. The program is effective immediately. All students currently enrolled at the school’s Detroit campus are eligible. The company plans to hire 40 drivers per month from the school. In addition to successfully completing the program and carrying a valid CDL, candidates must also meet Con-way Truckload’s employment criteria.

“We are very pleased to enter into this partnership with Con-way Truckload,” said Joseph LaBarge, president and CEO, USTDTS. “We are committed to providing high-quality training and education that puts safe and skilled truck drivers on the road. This innovative program will help us further that goal and create new jobs and new career opportunities for a community that really needs them.”

USTDTS and Con-way Truckload are also offering special financing and tuition payment plans for qualified candidates. In the event that a candidate does not have sufficient financial resources to fund initial tuition costs, USTDTS is allowing students to make a smaller initial payment and will provide financing for the remaining balance. The curriculum at USTDTS requires students to complete four weeks of training, which includes 160 hours of classroom instruction and driving time.

Upon successful passing of the license test and fulfilling all graduation requirements, students are issued their commercial driver’s license, and become eligible for employment with Con-way Truckload.

Truck driver jobs plentiful, but driver shortage exists

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Across the country, it has become clear that while truck driver jobs are plentiful, companies are struggling to find drivers to fill the vacancies and haul goods across the country.

Some people estimate thousands of jobs are open and ready to be filled, and others put that estimate even higher.

As the economy recovers, those numbers are expected to increase even more.

WREX reports that Spirit CDL Training Services trains truck drivers to fill these much-needed jobs. Vice President Ken Bons says he knows there’s a shortage in the industry right now.  “I’ve got a company knocking on my door that needs 50 people and they’re great jobs.”

So how do you find out if truck driving is right for you? At Spirit, It takes students five weeks of training to graduate.

The staff then helps the graduates transition into the truck driver life and find jobs.

Bon said he thinks 100,000 truck drivers will be desperately needed this year and more goods are bought and shipped.

According to WREX, R.L. Leek is just one Rockford Company looking for workers.  Ray Kalis is in charge of operations, he says the job isn’t easy.  Since you’re behind the wheel all the time, Kalis says you can expect to spend a lot of time away from home. “You’re going to miss birthdays, you’re going to miss weddings, mother’s day you know it happens and it’s hard, it’s not an easy job to have.”

And still many schools continue extensive training for truck driver jobs across the nation.

People get training for truck driver jobs at Witte

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

For those that are looking to make a career move or are beginning one afresh, Witte Truck Driver Training School is helping train people for truck driver jobs.

According to STLT.com, classes are small. Only four new recruits are accepted into the program every three weeks. And, requirements are strict. (A full list of requirements appears online at wittebros.com.) But once Witte recruits have successfully completed the training course and have their CDL (commercial driver’s license), they know a job is waiting.

Interested candidates should be aware that truck driver jobs are making a comeback in America and are fueling job growth. (more…)

Job fair draws candidates interested in truck driver jobs

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

At a job fair in Council Bluffs, hundreds of people showed up with an interest in applying for truck driver jobs, among other opportunities.

About 450 people thronged through the door, resumes in hand, eager for the chance to apply.

Truck driver jobs are increasing nationwide, as loads and deliveries begin to pick up.

Most of the attendees were either long-term or newly unemployed. (more…)