There are a lot of news stories out there about truck driver shortages. These stories point to a variety of causes:
- Aging drivers
- Lack of qualified drivers
- Low interest among younger generations
The question becomes how do you attract fresh blood? Is there a new vein of drivers that can be tapped and are there new ways to attract them? We read three articles this week that had some suggestions you may not have tried.
Learning From Ladies Around The World
Sonia Straface from TruckNews.com reported on Trucking HR Canada’s third annual Women with Drive Summit. What she heard there was that women around the globe are joining the trucker workforce but are faced with similar stereotypes and hurdles found for women in the U.S. and Canada. Some of the other countries have taken note of the value that can be found in adding women operators to their fleets and have made efforts to change things lowering the barrier to entry for women.
What To Know About Recruiting And Retaining Millennials
During a session on on how to recruit millennials at the 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis Amy Hirsh Robinson pointed out that the millennial generation is vastly different from previous generations. The way they learn and communicate make them a different animal in terms of recruiting and retaining. Robinson went on to discuss ways to recruit millennials, network with them and train them. By understanding this new generation entering the workforce trucking organizations can pivot their tactics and hopefully capture their attention and maintain and grow their fleet.
Trucking Companies Begging For Drivers During Shortage
As the industry experts predict dire situations for the future of truck driving positions being filled some state lawmakers are taking note and stepping in to help where they can. One of the barriers to entry is the cost of obtaining a CDL one trade school in New Casle, PA charges $6,000 for driver training and CDL licensing. In Ohio they introduced four bills that would help potential drivers to fund their driver certification though scholarships and loans. It would behoove us as a society to help get driver positions filled because if, “you bought it, I (trucker) brought it.”