Con-way Truckload Participates In GI Apprenticeship Program

September 30, 2008

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Con-way Truckload has become a participant in the U.S. Department of Labor National Apprenticeship Program, which permits eligible veterans and active members of the Guard and Reserves to receive paid on-the-job training using GI Bill benefits

The program enables military veterans who choose to start truck driving careers with Con-way Truckload to use their GI Bill benefits to supplement their income in the first year of employment, which is considered an apprentice period during which new drivers fulfill a series of skills qualification, training and safe driving performance milestones as a condition of continued employment. Qualifying veterans or reservists can receive up to an additional $1,000 a month in tax-free GI Bill benefits under this apprenticeship program during their first year with Con-way Truckload.

All candidates must have a valid commercial driver's license (CDL) and a minimum level of truck driving experience to be considered for entry-level employment with Con-way Truckload. As drivers progress through training and safe driving milestones during their first year, they qualify for pay increases. Upon successful completion of the full-year apprentice program, drivers graduate to the top pay rate.

In addition to National Apprenticeship Program participation, Con-way Truckload also offers an accelerated pay increase schedule to veterans with documented military truck driving experience. After the first month, following a successful performance evaluation, the company upgrades their pay level to that of drivers with one year of experience.

Con-way Truckload, in conjunction with five accredited truck driving schools, also offers a formalized driver training program for veterans or reservists who want to become professional truck drivers but do not have their CDL and baseline experience.

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