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The current truck driver shortage across the U.S. and Canada is real. The industry turnover rate has consistently stayed over 90 percent. As a professional mover, you may have experienced this first hand. Growing up with truckers in the family, I’ve been told that trucking is a little about skill and a lot about confidence. So what can you do to address the driver shortage?

Offer a CDL Training Program
One big reason for the current truck driver shortage is unqualified applicants. No matter how responsible or hard working some look on paper, they lack the necessary training and experience required to do the job. What better way to guarantee yourself to employ qualified drivers than to offer training and incentives? Good employees want peace of mind knowing that they’re investing their time and hard work into a company who will appreciate their efforts and invest in them as well. With the cost of CDL training being an average of $3,000 – $5000 up front, it’s not always an option for those seeking employment to enroll themselves. Try offering a program where they can receive the training with little cost up front, while still making a commitment to your company.

For example: You agree to pay the cost of training up front (or a portion) and in return, said employee agrees to an employment contract for a length of time you see fit. Upon completion of training, deduct a percentage or flat fee automatically from each paycheck until you’ve been reimbursed for the total cost you invested in training. It’s a win for everyone – they get the proper training and you get quality drivers. Even if things don’t work out with every employee, you end up getting your money’s worth and attracting more workers by showing you’re willing to invest and help them succeed.

Stay tuned for next week when we discuss some of the changes coming to trucking and ways to get more drivers.