Averitt Express, Cookeville, Tenn., has dropped the minimum age for drivers and kicked off a student driver training program.

The minimum age for regional over-the-road drivers has now been lowered from 23 to 21.

A student driver training program for recent graduates of approved driving schools features a tuition reimbursement plan of up to $1,000. Drivers who have been out of the industry for a while or who are short on experience can also benefit from Averitt's refresher and supplemental training programs, note company officials.

"These modifications give us the ability to bring on additional quality drivers who are coming out of driving school," said Ken Chrisman, recruiting leader at Averitt. "We're excited about the opportunities we can offer to individuals who are looking to get into the transportation industry. Combined with the student driver, supplemental and refresher course programs we've set up in key markets, we've bolstered our position as a prime choice for a career in transportation."

Averitt Express offers cross border/domestic offshore, dedicated, expedited, intermodal, international ocean/air, local customization, less-than-truckload, PortSide, transportation management, truckload (dry van, flatbed, brokerage) and warehousing.