While actively addressing driver retention needs with new equipment, specifications and other benefits and programs, USA Truck is simultaneously focused on recruiting drivers. One approach it is taking, for example, is to pay for 15 qualified applicants to complete a five-week Commercial Driver’s License training program.
Announced earlier this year, the USA Truck Career Launch Program provides scholarships that cover the $3,700 enrollment fee for the Commercial Driver’s License Training Program offered through a partnership with the University of Arkansas Global Campus, Northwest Technical Institute, and Mid-America Truck Driving School. Recipients who complete the training program are given preference for job openings with USA Truck.
“This program provides people with little or no truck driving experience the opportunity to start a new career in an industry that is growing,” says Heather Sprandel, a Global Campus affiliate. “The truck driving industry offers various career paths, excellent earning potential and outstanding benefits, so we are very appreciative of USA Truck’s commitment to educate the community about careers in trucking and to get new drivers behind the wheel.”
The five-week program is offered in day or evening classes, including 200 hours of combined classroom and behind-the-wheel training. The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to obtain a CDL.
“We are excited about this partnership and the opportunities it will provide,” says Steve Brantley, director of driver recruiting for USA Truck. “Our industry is wide-ranging and diverse, and the transportation sector offers limitless possibilities. USA Truck is always looking for talented, hard-working individuals who are passionate about building a rewarding career in a growing industry that is vital to keeping our country moving.”