Walmart is expanding its Associate-to-Driver training program to prepare applicants to obtain their CDL business license
The shortage of truck drivers in the United States continues to be a major problem facing various industries. Walmart has been aware of this for a long time and is expanding its program that allows its employees to join the ranks of this activity, with salaries of up to $110,000 annually.
This initiative was launched in April 2022 and is called the Associate-to-Driver training program, through which applicants are prepared to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and become drivers from Walmart’s private fleet, which is made up of more than 13,000 drivers.
According to official figures, from that time to date, Walmart has trained 56 associates from various supply chain roles to become truck drivers.
By expanding this program, Walmart wants to involve employees who work in stores, distribution centers, fulfillment centers and transportation offices within a 50-mile radius of one of the Fleet Development Training Centers. from Walmart. The expansion will encompass 439 retail store locations.
The training course consists of 12 weeks and after that you can obtain your CDL. At the end of this process, the company assures you that they will have a job as a truck driver within their fleet, a vacancy that can receive up to $110,000 in income during the first year of work.
It’s also been reported that drivers who have been with Walmart longer can earn even more, depending on factors like seniority and location, the company said on its website.
“The Associate-to-Driver program allows participants to learn to drive with the best of the best – our current Walmart driving instructors,” said Fernando Cortés, Walmart senior vice president of transportation.
“Our fleet is continually recognized for its commitment to safety. By training our new drivers in this program from day one, we can help them approach all parts of the job by focusing on the values of safety, courtesy, and pride so that we never let our fleet, customers, or families down.”
According to data from the American Trucking Associations, the US trucking industry is missing 80,000 drivers, an all-time high, which has had a significant impact on the supply chain.
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