Thursday, June 23, 2011

Con-Way Truckload Launches Subsidised Freight Truck Driver Training Program

Detroit Students Can Save Fifty Percent
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DETROIT / USA – The number of amalgamations and company closures due to the recession has meant that the US road freight market now faces a problem with under capacity as the recovery flares demand for truck drivers across the States. Now Con-way Truckload - the full-truckload carrier and subsidiary of logistics giant Con-way Inc. - has announced a new partnership with Detroit-based U.S. Truck Driver Training School Inc. (USTDTS) to provide subsidised tuition and training for candidates seeking to earn their commercial driver's license (CDL) and land a job as a professional truck driver with the company.

Con-way Truckload, who expect to hire forty new drivers a month through the scheme, state the program will allow students to take advantage of reduced schooling fees and will be eligible on graduation to a reimbursement of up to 50% on their tuition charges.

"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," he added.

USTDTS and Con-way Truckload are also offering special financing and tuition payment plans for qualifying 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.

"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."

One other important factor on the scheme is that as an added incentive, Con-way Truckload is not requiring candidates hired from USTDTS to sign a "commitment" contract. This is a typical industry practice where in return for the company's investment the driver commits to working for that company for a specific period of time, or else are required to pay back the tuition reimbursement.

This feature is a key differentiator from other training programs and provides graduates with greater flexibility. It has been adopted as Con-way Truckload is confident that drivers will find few better opportunities than those available with them.

"For a candidate who truly wants to pursue trucking as a career, has the right skills and wants to work for a great company with an unwavering commitment to safety, this is the team to join," said Johnson.

Anyone interested in learning more about the driver training opportunity with USTDTS in Detroit should visit or call 866-967-5487.