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Old 10-14-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Jobs paying 60-70k going unfilled I guess there really is no crisis.

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Bob Petrancosta, a vice president at nationwide trucking company Con-way Freight, says the truck driver problem is real.

"It is very true, contrary to logic as the economy continues to struggle and unemployment runs high," he says. "In the trucking industry we're experiencing just the opposite: a driver shortage where demand for qualified drivers is very strong at the moment."

Petrancosta says many drivers are getting older and retiring. Meanwhile, he says, it can cost upwards of $4,000 for unemployed people to go to a good trucking school to be trained. The result is that trucking companies like his can't hire qualified people fast enough.
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NPR.org » A Labor Mismatch Means Trucking Jobs Go Unfilled
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Um, trucking requires certification, testing and licensing. You just can't walk into a place and get hired as a truck-driver, unless you are already qualified, tested and certified.

And it is not free, it costs money and takes time.
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Va. Beach
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Um, trucking requires certification, testing and licensing. You just can't walk into a place and get hired as a truck-driver, unless you are already qualified, tested and certified.

And it is not free, it costs money and takes time.
Did you read the link?

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A truck stop near Hesperia, Calif. To address a shortage of truck drivers resulting from a mismatch of skills in the labor market, some trucking companies have started free driving schools with the promise of a job upon completion.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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Con-way Freight's Driver Careers page: Con-way: Driver Careers

While the salary of $60K to $70K cited by NPR seems to be contradicted by Con-way's own website (I crunched some numbers and came up with about $21/hour or $42K annually for their top OTR jobs), Con-way claims that they will train and certify people:

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What's more, we'll even train you and help those who do not have a CDL (commercial driver's license) enter into this great industry at our training centers located in key markets around the country.
Of course, the devil may be in the details of the fine print.
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Con-way Freight's Driver Careers page: Con-way: Driver Careers

While the salary of $60K to $70K cited by NPR seems to be contradicted by Con-way's own website (I crunched some numbers and came up with about $21/hour or $42K annually for their top OTR jobs), Con-way claims that they will train and certify people:



Of course, the devil may be in the details of the fine print.
Still beats sitting home collecting unemployment checks for 99+ weeks.
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:28 AM
 
Location: California
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Trucking isn't something just anyone can do...free training or not. But it might be a good opportunity for certain people.
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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It's a horrible deal that no one in their right mind would take. I'd call it indentured servitude.
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:07 AM
 
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Thanks for the information. I'm going to tell my unemployed brother in law about this.
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Sale Creek, TN
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It's a horrible deal that no one in their right mind would take. I'd call it indentured servitude.
So sitting at home and collecting uneployment is a better deal?
It's not for everybody, I'm sure, but it would be a step.
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Trucking isn't something just anyone can do...free training or not. But it might be a good opportunity for certain people.
Thats true, most people go nuts being away from
home a month at a time. Im refering to OTR drivers.
It has a lot of advantages though. You don't need a
car (just drive the tractor). Most companys don't mind that.
You don't need a home or apartment, because you
have the sleeper.
You never need to worry about food, they will advance
you up to 300$ per week.

It is however, a pretty lonely job.........And the road
goes on forever...........
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