With the shortage of qualified CDL drivers, many hiring companies are turning to driving schools to swoop up newly certified professionals. Despite pouring tons of resources into recruiting, those same hiring companies are often unable to retain these fresh-out-of-school employees, however.
A driver-focused panel at the recent American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida discussed this issue and possible solutions.
The owner of one hiring company that regularly seeks out recently certified drivers reported his strategy for dealing with high turnover. According to him, companies that hire students should invest in a 90-day training and retainment program. If brand new drivers can get past the first 90 days, they’re much less likely to leave the company. The 90-day program should offer unconditional support and additional on-the-job education. That kind of program creates a supportive environment for new drivers to learn in while building credibility with both the student and hiring company. This stronger relationship helps retain new employees for the long-run.
If such a training program sounds like more trouble than its worth, there’s another option. Drive 360 Logistics links up qualified, experienced drivers with open positions at hiring companies. Our pre-screening process ensures that the right employee is matched wit the right company. In short, we do the recruiting for you. You just have to choose which recruiting program works best for you: Direct-Hire, Temp-to-Perm Staffing, D360 Workforce Solution, or some combination of the three. Contact us today for more information or to get started.