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Florida Trucking Association and FleetForce Truck Driving School on Nov. 29 announced a joint initiative to put more truck drivers on the road.
Several companies that are FTA members will offer fully paid tuition to potential drivers looking to obtain a commercial driver license and begin a career as a driver.
Also, those companies say that, in addition to tuition costs, in some cases once the candidate obtains the CDL he or she will receive a sign-on bonuses, and some students will begin receiving a paycheck from the company while they obtain training.
“Trucking is a central part of growing and maintaining a strong economy, but it’s also a life-changing career opportunity for so many people,” FleetForce CEO Tra Williams said in a statement. “This new program is offering free training and guaranteed employment for applicants who meet the qualifications. There’s excellent earning potential in this industry right now, and there’s a dire need for entry-level drivers. It’s a win-win.”
FTA said the cost of driver training for a four-week course is about $6,500 and in some cases it is a barrier to entry.
“FTA is always looking for creative solutions to solve industry challenges,” President Alix Miller said. “The driver shortage limits capacity for trucking companies, and directly impacts the economy and Floridians’ daily lives. This collaboration matches some of the most well-respected companies in the state with well-trained drivers eager to get on the road.”
As part of the program, FleetForce will conduct the pre-hire screening to ensure applicants are qualified. — Transport Topics
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