With projections of growth, trucking industry needs more training for new hires


The trucking industry is expected to expand in the coming years.

According to the American Trucking Association, the industry is expected to grow by 21 percent by 2023.

"The trucking industry continues to dominate the freight transportation industry in terms of both tonnage and revenue, comprising 67 percent of tonnage and 81 percent of revenue in 2011," said Bob Costello, the chief economist of the ATA.

While the ATA predicts a growth in the industry, many companies are experiencing trouble hiring drivers. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there will be 330,000 heavy truck driver vacancies or positions added nationwide between 2010 and 2020.

That may be why many truck driving schools are starting to pop up across the country, most specifically oriented in the Midwest states of Ohio and Michigan, according to the Lansing State Journal, a local newspaper based out of East Lansing, Michigan.

These schools teach students everything from the fundamentals of trucking to advanced situations, with some institutions claiming a 90 percent or higher job placement rate after graduation from the course.

But, many individuals who are either unemployed or looking to switch into the trucking industry find the course fees to be intimidating, with some schools charging upwards of $4,000 to $6,00 for four to six weeks of training.

But, if trucking companies wish to provide effective and cost friendly training course to recruit new drivers to their fleets, they may want to invest in an online training software or learning management software. These programs can allow companies to conduct more efficient lessons by allowing students to learn online and on their own time, and graduate the course by having to complete a field exam.

In addition, these softwares will often come with a training tracking tool that allows the instructors to gain visibility into where a student may be struggling within the course or how much progress the students have made. 

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