Drivers who start truck driving jobs will sometimes leave to pursue other opportunities. If they’re out of the business for any length of time, it can be difficult to find a company that will hire them back when they want to return to their truck driving jobs, even if they have a valid CDL.
In most cases, the trucker’s only option is to go back to a driving school, and bear the time and expense of retraining. However, Transport America has come up with a unique and effective way to get these drivers back in the truck and up to speed without risk to the company or expense to the driver. It’s a program called Pro Plus, and it’s essentially a refresher training program for drivers that have had some experience being over-the-road drivers, but for whatever reason have been out of the cab and away from their truck driving jobs for a couple of years.
This innovative program is a great way to let truckers re-enter the workplace without having to go back to school. Essentially, former truckers can come to Transport America, where they will be given a preliminary road evaluation to rate their current skill levels. Based on the road test drivers are then paired with a driver instructor, who will work one-on-one for the next 5 to 21 days with them, bringing them back up to a level of excellence. This is not a team-driving program; it’s an 11-hour day of Instructional driving with a certified instructor. Pro Plus Drivers are even paid a stipend while retraining. Once the instructor is satisfied the driver is properly trained, they are offered an OTR solo position with starting salaries that take into account their previous road experience in truck driving jobs.
The Pro Plus program is also designed for drivers who have less than 6 months of driving experience but have left their first truck driving job for whatever reason. These new drivers with less than 6 months experience often find it impossible to hire on with a new company, Transport America takes those drivers, and in the same program, trains them up to company standards, and then provides them OTR truck driving jobs once they’re ready.
The Pro Plus program isn’t just a way for truckers to re-enter the industry; it’s a way for truckers to re-enter the industry with a leader. Transport America is committed to its drivers and ensuring that they operate not only in compliance with all safety regulations, but that they also have the best experience possible in the industry. The company’s open-door policy, outstanding CSA scores, and support centers located throughout the country are designed to make sure the drivers get the respect and support they need every day in their truck driving jobs.
We continue to innovate with programs like Pro Plus. Being out of the cab for a period of time doesn’t mean the end of a truck driving career as Transport America will invest the time and effort in these drivers to put them back in the seat and on the road to trucking once again!