Program Provides Free Training, Enables Students to Earn an Income While Learning New Profession, Creates Local Jobs and New Careers for People from Diverse Backgrounds.
In an era of weak economic growth and stubbornly high unemployment, one business isn’t relying on government stimulus to put people back to work. It has so far created over 500 new jobs through an innovative program that turns out highly trained and skilled professionals — and even pays them while they train.
That business is national trucking company Con-way Freight, which last month graduated the 500th candidate from its driver training schools program.
One unique aspect of the 12-week program is that students work in paid part-time positions as dockworkers while attending class, enabling them to earn a living while learning their new profession.