The Next Generation in Trucking Association partnered with local schools to provide CDL Driver and Diesel Technician programs for young adults in Kentucky, Wisconsin, and California.
“Programs like this one are critical game changers for not only developing a skilled workforce, but also creating pathways for that skilled workforce to advance in their careers in the trucking industry,” says Lindsey Trent, Ryder customer and business development manager and co-chair of Next Generation in Trucking. “We are eager to train, mentor and match a fresh generation of drivers to the 21st century needs and demands of the trucking industry.”
From the Next Generation in Trucking Association:
- The Next Generation in Trucking Association aims to promote trucking as a positive career field, encourage the training and employment of young people in the trucking industry, promote their education and connect them to training and employment opportunities and create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce in communities nationwide.
- Recent partnerships include Lawrence County High School in Louisa, Ky.; Jessamine Career and Technology Center, Nicholasville, Ky.; Fairdale High School, Louisville, Ky.; and Lux-Casco, Luxemburg, Wis.
“Truck driving is a physically demanding job, but also requires an understanding of the technology many trucks are outfitted with today. By starting a trucker’s career earlier, we not only get digitally native drivers behind the wheel, but [also] drivers in their prime,” Trent adds.