With all the possible CDL training options, it can be difficult to make a decision on which program is right for you. Starting a new career is a big deal and you want to make sure you're comfortable with everything so you can focus on the task at hand - getting your CDL and becoming a professional truck driver.
Driver Solutions has been able to help over 20,000 people get a new career started and most of these people choose our company sponsored CDL training program. Today, we're going to take a look at 2 of the big perks that come along with the company sponsored program to make sure you don't miss out.
1. Not Just CDL Training - Preparing for a New Trucking Career
Becoming a truck driver isn't all about training. It's about preparing for a new career. At Driver Solutions, we have a staff dedicated to assisting you in making sure you're fully prepared for that change. The average student who begins training will talk to a representative, we call them Driver Agents, around 3-4 times. During these calls, all questions are answered and everything is reviewed to ensure that each student is full prepared for not just the CDL training piece of becoming a truck driver, but also the job opportunity following training.
You see, with programs like Driver Solutions offers, you'll be pre-approved for a job opportunity before you even attend school. This is a significant advantage over private training schools, which often do not offer job placement or assistance after graduation, leaving students to fend for themselves in a competitive industry. Most trucking companies want at least a year of (over-the-raod) OTR experience, making it difficult for recent private school grads to land a job, even with the required Class A CDL. A CDL means little if you don't have the experience that most companies look for in potential employees.
Remember, many truck driving schools can provide training, but few will help you prepare for a new career.
2. No Upfront Tuition Costs
Let's face it, most people don't have thousands of dollars laying around in today's economy. Company sponsored CDL training offers those interested an opportunity to attend a reputable truck driving school without paying an arm and a leg in out-of-pocket tuition expenses. Private trucking schools usually charge very steep tuition costs that force aspiring truck drivers to take out high-interest rate loans or borrow the money from family members. But even after graduating and getting a CDL from a private trucking school, many of these students aren't able to meet trucking companies' minimum job requirements and thus remain jobless and even more broke than before. Private schools may offer good training programs, but they don't provide the job placement assistance required for landing an entry-level job in the trucking industry like company sponsored training does.
With company sponsored CDL training, you'll be placed with a well-known carrier company that will help cover the upfront trucking school tuition. Your only obligation to uphold is to drive for that company for a specified period of time (usually between 6 months and a year). This is a small commitment to make when you consider that such an employment agreement helps you with having a job opportunity following training so you can get the experience that's really needed to advance in the industry.
Apply Now If you're interested in beginning a new career in the trucking industry, go ahead and complete our online application. This does not commit you to anything and will allow you to schedule a time to speak with a Driver Agent about the opportunities in your area.