XPO Logistics has announced that it will offer free tuition and income while training at one of the company’s network of commercial driving schools, with a career opportunity upon graduation.
XPO expects over 150 trainees to complete courses at the company’s U.S. driving schools in 2017. The courses are conducted at its less-than-truckload service centers. At the schools, students can train to qualify for a commercial driver’s license and experienced drivers can learn the specifics of LTL transportation. The schools also offer a hostler class for those interested in terminal yard operations.
While attending classes,students will work for XPO in paid part-time positions as dockworkers to earn money while in training. XPO provides the training free of tuition, which the company says will save each student an estimated $5,000 or more compared to for-profit driving schools.
“Our CDL training is a unique career opportunity in that both the company and the student have skin in the game,” said Tony Brooks, president of the LTL business for XPO Logistics. “Students commit to classroom and hands-on instruction, and XPO provides free tuition and income while training. The program is designed to create satisfying careers for professional drivers who share our focus on safety and customer service.”
CDL students are required to complete classroom training on federal and state highway laws, regulatory and safety compliance, vehicle inspection techniques, and defensive driving skills. They also must spend 150 hours behind the wheel coached by a veteran driver. The company will also ensure that students are trained with the same equipment they will be operating when they graduate.
Once a student finishes training, passes CDL tests and completes a probationary period, they become eligible for a full-time driving job at XPO. The job includes a benefits package with health care, profit-sharing, and a 401K retirement plan benefits.
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