Holland, a trucking company that offers delivery in 14 states, will expand its apprenticeship program to attract more drivers, MLive reports. The apprenticeship program is free to all and takes roughly a year to complete.
The company added the program to its terminal in Des Moines and will expand to locations in Alabama as well. With those additions, the apprenticeship program will be available at 26 terminals across the country.
Under the program, Holland hires drivers at $16 an hour who start working in the loading dock. They then use machinery to load and unload trucks while working toward their commercial driver's license.
MLive reports that 50 students have completed the program, and another 100 are currently enrolled. However, Holland needs at least 300 drivers at its locations throughout the US.
Holland has been using high wages to get people interested in the program. MLive reports that after three years on the job drivers can earn up to $22 an hour and have benefits that include health insurance, a 401(k), pension and paid time off.
The company is also attracting veterans to the program by offering a housing stipend.