How Does Contract CDL Training Differ from Attending a CDL School on Your Own?
Today there are different routes you can take to obtain CDL training and a license. These options have grown due to the increase in demand for drivers and the amount of positions that need to be filled. These numbers are in the 10’s of thousands.
Major trucking companies are now offering paid training to those interested in the career, but with a catch- there usually involves a contract between both the company and new driver to become employed with them for anywhere from one to three years.
There’s nothing wrong with this approach per se, however there have been many new drivers that don’t understand the contract terms fully and/or would like to move on to a better position, but then find out they cannot. This is because their employer who provided the training to them to get their license has made it contractual for the new driver to work for a set period of time in order to “pay the debt” of their CDL education. Now, some people are ok with this, but it has been an occurring trend that individuals prefer their freedom of choosing where they work and how they progress in their career as a professional truck driver.
The contract may be broken, but the new driver will then be liable to pay a debt and receive a bill from their once employer, who was also their school. Below are some of the differences discovered between contract and non-contract training from feedback of our prospective students:
Graduated Feb. 2014, from the Lakewood, NJ campus. Went to Schneider, drove for a year and became a Training Engineer, did that for 3 months, then became an Instructor. Now, a year and 6 months later, I am the Southeast Regional Training Advisor, relocated to Charlotte, N.C.- Shawn Targett