Yesterday, I ran across a forum online where someone had asked, "what trucking companies hire & train inexperienced drivers?" I imagine this is a pretty common question out there, and since this is right up our alley - here is our answer.
Sure, you can do what one of the people who responded suggested and search Google for "company sponsored cdl training." In fact, that's a pretty good start. But it's important to understand the concept of company sponsored CDL training before you decide on a trucking school or company.
What Does Company Sponsored CDL Training Mean?
Company sponsored CDL training means that a trucking company is going to cover the upfront tuition costs associated with CDL training. Now this can be a huge advantage if cash flow is tight since tuition at many CDL schools can range from $4,000.00 to $6,000.00. For most people, the company sponsored option is better than clearing out a savings account or taking out a loan.
It is important to ask if the company does any type of credit check - especially if you do not have great credit. With Driver Solutions, you do not need to go through a credit check because you are not taking out a loan. So you can get started, regardless of your credit situation.
Another key piece to the puzzle is what happens after training. If a company is going to sponsor a driver's tuition, they are going to expect something in return. Some trucking companies will require that the driver sign a 2-year contract to work with their company in exchange for them covering the upfront tuition cost. Two years is a long time to be locked into a contract with a company when you are entering a new profession.
Last, but certainly not least, you will want to look at the quality of training you will be receiving and the trucking companies that are offering the company sponsored training option. How long have they been in business? What type of reputation do they have with their employees?
Driver Solutions has been in business for over 23 years and we work with some of the top CDL schools in the country. Among the companies offering company sponsored training are USA Truck - which was recently awarded the Top Pay Carrier by the National Transportation Institute - and PAM Transport.
USA Truck participates in Driver Solutions' company sponsored CDL training program and is currently hiring new solo drivers for over-the-road trucking positions. The company is a dry van truckload carrier and transports commodities through truckload and dedicated freight service offerings. USA Truck recognizes that its drivers are the company's most important asset and as such, provides employees with excellent pay and benefits. The company was even ranked in the top 20 percent nationwide for driver pay, health and retirements benefits, and financial stability. Learn more about USA Truck here.
Another carrier that provides a CDL training sponsorship is PAM Transport. PAM is currently hiring entry-level company drivers for over-the-road trucking positions. The company has one of the most modern fleets in the industry, with an average tractor age of 1.5 years. PAM Transport is an irregular route common carrier that hauls general commodities in all 48 continental states, but primary routes are in the Midwest, Southeast, and East Coast. The company offers a competitive driver pay as well as a great benefits package to employees. Learn more about PAM Transport here.