Top 5 Student Trucking Programs

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Many companies offer recruits the opportunity to get their CDL license, and will pay for your training and licensing. You have to sign on for an extended period of time as a driver for the company, but truck school is expensive, and the major companies will likely expedite the process. However, once you get your cdl, it’s something you have for life. You always have the choice to leave the company, but you will likely be stuck with the education bills if you decide to do so. The trucking industry will always be around, and many companies are always looking for qualified drivers. However, some programs are better than others, so when you are deciding where you want to drive, make sure you do your research and find the best option for you.

1.)    Con-way

Con-way offers a 12-week training program that provides you with experience as a driver assistant, and a dockworker to provide students with the skills needed to interact with the customer base. You’ll get your hazardous materials and doubles/triples endorsement as well. Conway deals with mainly dry van freight. Drivers will earn an average of 52,000 per year.

2.)    Werner

They offer paid training for 275 hours at $400 per week, which is great because some companies will recoup the training fees from your paycheck at a later date. This is great for students who lack the resources to pay their own tuition, and it’s a great company that is flexible with shifts.

3.)    Swift

Swift does require a small amount of money up front, but they offer a CDL course that only takes 21 days, and guarantee you full time hours upon completion. Swift drivers earn an average salary, and typically drive very long distances with freight. You’ll be away from your family a lot, but you’ll be earning a good salary.

4.)    Pam Transport

If you take your CDL course and sign on with Pam Transport, they will cover 100 percent of your tuition and reimburse you for most of your costs. However, it’s required that you will be away from home for at least one week, so you have to be willing to work very long hours and stay overnight on the road.

5.)    Schneider

They will reimburse your education up to $6,000, which should be nearly enough to cover all the costs of obtaining a CDL license. They won’t guarantee that you’ll get a job with them, but they recommend that you apply about 2 weeks before you finish your program. If you pass it’s likely they will hire you, since Schneider is always hiring new drivers.

Student truck driver programs are an excellent choice if you are absolutely certain that you want to drive a truck long term. Just be aware that many of these programs will require you to drive over the road, which will mean that you will be spending a significant portion of your time away from home. However, many people would prefer to work under these conditions, so it’s up to you whether or not you would like to join one of these training programs. You could also attend school and work for a different company that doesn’t require long distance driving, but it’s very likely that you’ll be covering the cost of your education. If you want to drive trucks, then be smart and pick the best option, because you don’t want to be stuck in a job that you can’t handle. Many of these student driver jobs are available on the main page of, so feel free to take a look if you are interested in a finding this type of job. It’s an attractive option for prospective truck drivers.

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