As the trucking industry struggles to find viable workers to fill the 51,000 available jobs this year, a relatively new business has cropped up to try to solve the problem: 160 Driving Academy, a truck-driving school.
The company was established in 2012, but as the demand for truck drivers has grown, so has 160. It now has more than 32 locations across the country and employs 110 instructors.
Fox Business New’s Jeff Flock spoke to 160 Driving Academy COO Jose Ochoa and 160 Driving Academy Lead Instructor Lowell Newbold about the driver shortage in America.
“We’re training them for companies, so when they get out of here, they have a job waiting for them,” Lowell Newbold, a lead instructor for the company, told FOX Business’ Jeff Flock on Friday.
On its website, 160 advertises that with a starting salary of at least $40,000, anyone who is at least 21 years old; has no felonies, DUIs or drug convictions with the past 10 years; and is licensed to drive a car can start a “promising career.” And as the shortage worsens, wages continue to grow, with some drivers earning upward of $100,000.
The company finds businesses that need drivers and that are willing to pay full tuition for prospective employees.
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