Yellow CEO Darren Hawkins Joins Signing Ceremony with US Secretaries of Labor and Transportation
WASHINGTON, March 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will partner with the American Trucking Associations (ATA) to make skilled labor apprenticeship programs more accessible to men and women interested in professional trucking careers.
“Yellow is a leader in the Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program Partnership,” said Darren Hawkins, CEO of Yellow Corporation (NASDAQ: YELL). “I look forward to sharing our positive experiences with other trucking companies. We have the same goal: to train the next generation of qualified and safe drivers. I am excited to participate and encourage more companies to participate in this program,” continued Hawkins. For nearly five years, Yellow Corporation has participated in the DOL apprenticeship program. Yellow is also a member of the ATA.
March 1st, Hawkins joined U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, ATA President Chris Spear and Dave Harrison, executive director of workforce development, government programs and labor issues. employment for FASTPORT Inc., for a signing ceremony at the Department of Labor. The White House recently identified expanding apprenticeship programs as part of its trucking action plan to alleviate current supply chain constraints. Secretary Walsh launched the 90 Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge as a key part of the White House initiative.
Following Tuesday’s announcement, trucking companies of all sizes will find it easier to establish their own apprenticeship training programs. The ATA will administer the program for participating member companies. ATA member companies will then focus their resources on meeting certain training and compensation standards when recruiting new drivers for a two-year apprenticeship program that will provide progressive wages as drivers develop and expand their skills.
The public-private partnership aims to address the national shortage of qualified professional truck drivers. The ATA estimates that over the next decade, the United States will need more than one million new professional truck drivers to keep pace with consumer purchases and growing e-commerce demands. The trade association calculates that the industry today lacks 80,000 drivers.
“The DOL certified apprenticeship program is top notch,” Hawkins said. “It allows companies to expand their driver training programs and with the current shortage of drivers, this public-private partnership is more crucial than ever. I am confident that by working together, we can train the drivers the industry needs while providing men and women the path to a well-paid and respectable career.
Yellow remains an industry leader in the Department of Labor apprenticeship program. The company currently sponsors 16 ongoing driving academies, which aim to train 1,000 new drivers in 2022. Yellow’s academies are free to participants. The company also runs its “Dock-to-Driver” program, providing basic training for loading dock employees. After 30 days of successful work, Dock-to-Driver participants are eligible to enroll in one of the company’s driving schools, putting them on the path to earning their commercial driver’s license. (CDL). Apprentices are paid for their work and, throughout the program, are trained and mentored by respected industry professionals and certified driving instructors.
Information on joining the yellow team as a professional driver can be found here.
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Yellow Corporation has one of the largest and most comprehensive LTL and logistics networks in North America with local, regional, national and international capabilities. Through its teams of experienced service professionals, Yellow Corporation offers industry-leading expertise in flexible supply chain solutions, ensuring customers can ship industrial, commercial and retail goods with confidence. Yellow Corporation, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, is the holding company for a portfolio of LTL brands, including Holland, New Penn, Reddaway and YRC Freight, as well as logistics company Yellow Logistics.
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