Keep On Truckin’
By Jami Ward & Kristen Williams
There is a national shortage of commercial truck drivers that stretches back a quarter century, a problem worsened by a recent hike in freight demand, staggeringly high turnover rates, and waves of baby boomer retirements. The American Trucking Association figures companies need about 60,000 drivers, a number that could top 100,000 in just a few years. Freight companies are eager to satisfy the demand for drivers, many giving raises to the drivers they already have and increasing starting pay for new ones. Dallas-Fort Worth, being a major transport hub in the U.S., has particularly felt the effects of this lack of drivers. Luckily, Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth has an answer to the problem.
At Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth the North Texas Institute for Career Development’s Professional Truck Driving Program is a 7-week-long course that covers the fundamentals of operating a commercial vehicle and allows its students to earn their Class A Commercial Driver’s License. But that’s not all: our instructors educate students about a range of topics including job readiness, résumé completion, applying for jobs and interviewing. The program is a lucrative opportunity for those who are interested in working independently, traveling the country, or those just looking for a career change. Upon graduation, students possess the potential to find employment as drivers for companies across the metroplex and to succeed in their line of work.
The program had 23 graduates in the first quarter of 2019. North Texas Institute for Career Development has a recruiter in the field who works to build relationships with trucking companies in the community. These companies, in turn, approach our students as prospective employers, with many students being offered jobs before they even complete the program. As the demand for drivers is ever-increasing, the North Texas Institute for Career Development at Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth stands ready to take on the challenge. Keep On Truckin’!