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Averitt - ERM
A.D. Transport - SR
A.D. Transport Express
Ace Hardware
American Central Transport
American Central Transport - CD
Anderson Trucking Service (ATS)
Anderson Trucking Service - SR
Anderson Trucking Services
Atlas Van Lines
Averitt - DAP PT
Averitt - DSS
Averitt - HIL PT
Averitt - Shoe Carnival Flex
Averitt Express, Inc.
Barber Trucking
Barr-Nunn Transportation - Company Drivers
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Barr-Nunn Transportation OTR & Regional
Basin Transportation
Bay & Bay Transportation - CD
Bengal Transportation
Bennett Motor Express
Big M Transport
Blair Logistics - LP
Blair Logistics Inc
Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. - SR
Butler Transport
Celadon
Celadon Driving Academy
Celadon Specialized Fleet
Celadon Trucking - CD
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Central Oregon Trucking CO.
CFI
CFI - Student
CHS, Inc.
Clark Transfer
Covenant Transport
Cowan Lease Purchase
Cowan Lease Purchase S.R.
Crete Carrier Corp
Crete Carrier OTR
CRST Dedicated CAT
CRST Dedicated YRC
CRST Expedited
CRST Expedited - California
CRST Expedited Plus
CRST Malone
CRST Van Expedited
CRST Van Expedited Pro
Crum Trucking
Crum Trucking - SR
Dart Transit - Company Drivers
Dart Transit Company
Davis Express
Decker Truck Line, INC
Dedicated Delivery Professionals
DHT Inc
Dynamic Foods
Dynamic Transit
E.L. Hollingsworth
Estenson Logistics
EW Wylie Corporation
Experior Transport
Fleetmaster Express, Inc.
Fort Transfer - Baton Rouge
Fort Transfer Mid-West
Fortrans Inc.
Forward Air Transportation Services
George Hildebrandt
George Hildebrandt - Canaan
Giltner Inc
Go-To Transport, Inc.
Groendyke Transport
Hartt Transportation Services North
Hartt Transportation Services South
Heritage Dedicated Services, Inc.
Hill Brothers
Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc
Hobby Lobby
Hogan Transports
Hoge Motor Company
Hub Group Trucking
Hyway Trucking
Iowa 80
Island Transportation Corp.
Island Transportation Corp. Mechanic
J & R Schugel
J.B. Hunt Transport
K&B Transportation
Landstar Crosson
Logan Trucking
Loudon County Trucking
Magnum Express, Inc.
Marten Transport
Marten Transport - Regional/OTR
Maverick - Dewitt, IA
Maverick - Orangeburg, SC
Maverick Priority Division
Maverick Transportation
McCloskey International - Service Technician
McCloskey International - Technical Salesperson
McLane - Portland
McLane Cincinnati
McLane Cumberland
McLane Denver
McLane Findlay
McLane Oklahoma
Melton Truck Lines
Milan Supply Chains
Montgomery Transport
MTB
National Freight Inc
National Strategic Transportation
Noblehouse Home Furnishings
NTB Trucking
Olsen and Fielding Mayflower
Outwest Express LLC
Ozark
P&S Transportation
Panther Premium Logistics - Cargo Vans
Panther Premium Logistics - Straight Truck
Panther Premium Logistics - Tractor-Trailer
Paschall Truck Lines - Lease
Paschall Truck Lines - Students
Penske Logistics Corporation
Perfect Timing Transportation
PGT Trucking, INC
Phenix Transportation
Poly Trucking Inc
Prime Inc.
Prime Inc. - SLC Technician
Prime, Inc. - Student
Professional Driver Agency
Quality Carriers - Tennessee
Quality Companies - Better Management Corp (BMC)
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Quality Companies - Zeitner & Sons (ZS)
Quality Custom Distribution - Florida
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Quest Global
Quest Global OO
R B Browns Trucking
R. E. Garrison
R.W. Earhart
RE Garrison-Birmingham
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Riechmann Transport
Roy Miller Freight Lines
Royal Express
RWI Transportation
Schneider National
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Smith Systems Transportation
Smith Trucking
Southern Pines Trucking
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Star Transportation
State Tractor
Stevens Distributors
Summitt Trucking
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TGL Logistics
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Thomas Transportation LLC
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TransForce
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USXL
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Watkins & Shepard
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Wellborn Cabinet
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Zeller LLC
Minnesota Trucking Association Works to Attract Young Truck Drivers Minnesota Trucking Association Works to Attract Young Truck Drivers
Minnesota Trucking Association Works to Attract Young Truck Drivers
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Published
March 17th, 2017
Topic
News

If you are living in Minnesota you should be looking for better paying trucking jobs right now. Companies like AD Transport Express, Barr-Nunn Transportation, and Carrier One are offering big sign-on bonuses and tuition reimbursements. The state is suffering from areas saturated with retiring truckers or lack of truckers who are interested in long haul work. In places where there aren’t enough trained truck drivers to apply, Minnesota shippers are suffering from longer pick up times and increased rates due to supply and demand.

The state needs drivers, qualified with Class A CDL, to haul the goods. According to the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota the issue is the loss of qualified truckers who are hitting retirement. To help renew an interest in truck driving jobs in Minnesota, the AASP Minnesota is working to attract younger, potential truck drivers.

Career Ignite Initiative

The group wants to get more young people interested in talking about a career in truck driving. The goal is to spark the conversation about trucking being a viable career path. It also gives trucking associates at AASP Minnesota a chance to speak directly with the younger people about why they may or might not choose trucking. It opens that dialog both ways.

As a way to spread the message about the AASP’s mission the organization joined forces with the Minnesota Trucking Association. John Hausladen of MTA stated, “The combination of an older demographic and more people retiring along with new regulations that either disqualify or frustrate drivers all contributes to us not being able to bring in enough younger people.”

Oil Fields and Age Limits

At the conference the AASP executive director Judell Anderson listed a number of reasons young workers aren’t getting into the trucking industry. The oil fields in North Dakota were getting a large portion of the potential truck driving pool in Minnesota. Also, the increased number of would-be truckers who are continuing with their education to get a professional degree is increasing. Those four-year career paths reduces the chances they have of starting trucking until most are 22 at any rate.

You graduate when you are 18, you can’t drive until you are 21, that’s three years after high school before you can become an over the road trucker. If you are preparing to graduate from college with a four year degree, chances are slim that you’ll forgo finishing your academic studies with one year left to take up life on the road. You have the college debt no matter what, whether or not you graduate. At the same time you may find that becoming a truck driver is what you are well suited to do for an occupation. There is an increasing number of truckers entering the industry with college degrees.

Another reason why Minnesota cares about this situation is that areas with a lack of shipping opportunities will also lack economy. Without a steady and inexpensive flow of goods into the local economy it’s not going to grow and prosper. The state needs to have a steadily operating and running transportation industry, and therefore it has a vital interest in how to keep trucking moving forward. The AASP Minnesota is only one example of this.

Minnesota Trucking Association

The Minnesota Trucking Association has established the Thrive Scholarship Program. This scholarship is available to those drivers in truck driving school to get a CDL to become a professional truck driver. It is also available to individuals getting a certification as a diesel engine technician. You can also get this scholarship for general studies focusing on the trucking industry. You must be enrolled in a degree program associated with trucking to apply for this scholarship. Additionally, you have to be employed in trucking, while hoping to enhance your skills or earn a degree. Finally, you must be related to someone who works for one of the MTA member trucking companies.

MTA and High Schools

Right in line with the promise of the Career Ignite Initiative is the request for high schools in Minnesota to partner with the MTA. The Minnesota Trucking Association is open to requests to offer a hands-on truck driver safety demonstration on campus. The Share the Road program provides partnerships with Minnesota truckers interested in mentoring to high schoolers. This would include having professional truckers on-site to show life saving methods they use over the road. A simulated road is set up to show students some of the most common reasons truckers are involved in accidents.

By offering this programming for high schools throughout Minnesota it does two things. First, it improves the knowledge of all students on how to drive when around a semi truck on the open road. Second, this breaks the social barrier between students interested in truck driving and those who are actual truckers. It gives these students an opportunity to ask a real life truck driver about what their job is like, how much they get paid, where they get to drive to, what they get to haul, etc. Sometimes this is all it takes to get students interested in the career path of truck driving. For a state desperate to attract more truckers to the industry, it is a terrific marketing move.

Career Advancement for Truckers

One reason why millennials are quick to bypass the trucking industry as a job choice is because of the redundancy. It seems like a job that would get boring after a while. Once you learn how to do everything, there wouldn’t be any chance for career advancement or improvement. For millennials this goes against their mode. Millennials are driven to improve themselves and their abilities at their jobs. Therefore there has to be some sort of ongoing training for truckers to give them something to achieve.

This is where the NEXTLeader Program comes in. Also set up by the MTA, this program helps those in the trucking industry increase their leadership capabilities. It takes 24 months to complete the program. In the end you can tack NEXTLeader onto your resume.

The state of Minnesota is offering a ton of career enhancing opportunities for up and coming truck drivers. It is a perfect time for potential truckers to test the waters of the trucking industry.

 

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