Trucking School Tips: Does Company-Sponsored Training Work?

If you’ve been browsing truck driving school options for a while, you’ve probably come across the term, "company sponsored CDL training." But what exactly is that?

Company sponsored training, also sometimes referred to as paid CDL training, means the company that hires you will sponsor your CDL training and pay the upfront tuition costs for your schooling. It sounds too good to be true, but is it really? In this video, we talk to students who attended a company sponsored CDL training program through Driver Solutions. Watch them discuss how exactly it works and why they think it's a great option if you have the drive to get your CDL and begin a career in the trucking industry.

Here is an overview of the topics discussed in the video:

1. The trucking company covers upfront tuition costs. In addition to have a potential job opportunity following graduation, your carrier will also pay the upfront training costs for your schooling. This is especially beneficial to those with little-to-no income. Prior to attending trucking school, many people are either unemployed or are stuck working low-income jobs. Being able to attend school without having to pay for upfront training costs is a huge advantage, as many students simply cannot afford a large tuition bill at this stage in their lives. The reason they're attending school in the first place is to get a job to earn money for their family, so forking over a few thousand dollars for training is nearly impossible - especially if they are quitting their current job in order to attend. This gives company sponsored CDL training a big advantage over private schools, which generally charge interested applicants a steep tuition fee that most people can’t afford.

2. Little out of pocket money required. As discussed above, your sponsor company will pay for your upfront tuition costs. This means you're not required to pay any money out of pocket to get started other than licensing fees and food money. You will simply pay off a portion of your training costs back through a small payroll deduction over the course of your first year as an OTR driver.

3. The school is upfront with you about what to expect. Before you even attend, you'll know exactly what to expect in terms of school length, costs and fees, and what will happen after you complete your training.

4. You’re not making a commitment you can't keep. You'll be asked to sign a contract stating you'll work for the company that sponsored your schooling for one year. This is really not a big commitment;  it’s recommended that you stay with your first carrier for at least a year or so anyway, regardless of whether they paid for your training. This one year time span allows you to get the necessary real world experience that's required for advancing to other positions in the trucking industry.

5. You'll receive good training at a quality school. With company sponsored CDL training, you'll attend an accredited school staffed by instructors who all have several years of OTR experience and a great deal of knowledge to share with incoming truck driving students.

6. You'll get all the info you need to know before making a decision. We know attending CDL training is a big deal. That's why our Driver Agents are upfront about what to expect and will not push you into anything. Filling out an online application is not a commitment to truck driving school, it simply gets you on the road to attending one if you wish. Your agent will give you all the information you need to know in order to make an informed decision, and you can go from there.

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