CVTA approved as trucking apprenticeship program

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Updated May 31, 2018

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association recently received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor to be listed as a National Standard Registered Apprenticeship Program for professional truck drivers.

This allows CVTA member carriers to compete for discretionary apprenticeship grants and fund the pre-commercial driver’s license (CDL) portion of related training instruction. The program also expands employment opportunities through apprenticeships in the transportation and logistics sector for military veterans and civilians alike, according to a statement from the CVTA.

“The apprenticeship designation is an important step to have truck driving recognized as an in-demand career by Workforce Investment Board’s across the country,” said Don Lefeve, president & CEO, CVTA. “Our carrier and school members are dedicated to safety, professionalism, and meeting the demand for drivers within the trucking industry. This public-private partnership is a win for students and our country.”

CVTA’s apprenticeship standard was developed with co-sponsor and partner FASTPORT, Inc., the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Industry Intermediary for the Transportation & Logistics sector.

“By partnering with our company on this national standard, CVTA will be able to connect these skilled and sought-after graduates with leading employers in the industry offering registered apprenticeships, said FASTPORT President Brad Bentley. “This co-sponsorship is a critical element to help the trucking industry bridge experience gaps for thousands of new truck drivers, and we are thrilled to help connect these outstanding CDL graduates with real economic opportunity in the industry.”