Archive for February, 2019

Driving school for driver jobs opens

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

A new driving school for driver jobs has been launched.

Maverick Transportation LLC, a National Transportation Institute 2018 Top Pay Carrier and also named 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For, recently announced the opening of its new driving school, Maverick Driving Academy.

The school, which is located on the company’s North Little Rock campus, held its first class in December.

“One of the biggest challenges that trucking companies face today is attracting new drivers to the industry,” said John Culp, president of Maverick Transportation. “We have been successfully training drivers for many years and are excited to announce the addition of CDL education to our curriculum. Maverick Driving Academy will offer a seamless path to employment at Maverick, for those seeking a new career as a professional truck driver.”

The company opened up its first training facility in North Little Rock in 2005 where it has provided drivers with industry-leading training and securement curriculum.

Maverick’s new driving school will be an expansion to the company’s existing programs. Here, students will receive the necessary CDL education and training to become professional drivers.

“Our new school is a way to add to the driver education that has already been a vital part of our growth and success over the years,” said Culp. “We are committed to growing our company ‘The Maverick Way’ and we’re looking forward to having these new drivers walk through our doors.”

 

Pilot program boosts military recruitment for driver jobs

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

A program recently launched with the intent to foster military recruitment for driver jobs.

The Department of Transportation has launched a pilot program to permit 18-20 year olds who possess the U.S. Military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate large trucks in interstate commerce.

“This program will allow our Veterans and Reservists, to translate their extensive training into good-paying jobs operating commercial vehicles safely across the country, while also addressing the nationwide driver shortage,” said Secretary Chao.

As directed by Section 5404 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the pilot program will grant a limited number of individuals between the ages of 18 and 20 to operate large trucks in interstate commerce – provided they possess the Military equivalent of a CDL and are sponsored by a participating trucking company.

“As our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, Secretary Chao and I were excited to highlight a program I helped champion to provide truck driver jobs to young veterans,” said Senator Fischer.

“This innovative program offers a way for our younger Veterans and Reservists to transition to the civilian workforce. I personally thank Secretary Chao and officials with the DOT who continue to find ways to utilize the training and talent of the men and women who served in uniform for our country,” said Congressman Bacon.

During the pilot program, which is slated to run for three years, the safety records of these drivers will be compared to the records of a control group of drivers.