National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS) - NAPFTDS Launches Apprenticeship Program 2018
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NAPFTDS Launches Apprenticeship Program 2018

 

NEWS RELEASE

April 5, 2018

CONTACT:    

Rachel Rowe, J.D. 

Director of National Apprenticeship
FASTPORT, INC.

479-409-0959

rachel.rowe@fastport.com

   The National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS) and FASTPORT, INC. have partnered on a National Apprenticeship Standard for truck driving. This Apprenticeship, approved through the Department of Labor (DOL), facilitates truck driver training by combining mandatory skill sets, DOT standards, and ELDT requirements. 

   What is an Apprenticeship Program?  Apprenticeship programs develop highly skilled employees through a “learn while you earn” model, combining on-the-job training with job-related instruction in curricula under a national skills standards.  

   Who can be an Apprenticeship Provider under this standard?  At this time, only employers may serve as apprenticeship providers since they are the direct source of hiring. Schools may serve as affiliate partners and provide a support system through their training facilities.

   How does this program benefit an apprentice? Apprentices are provided superior job training and given a definitive career path. This creates a stable work environment with opportunity for advancement. There is also an added benefit for Veterans which allows them to draw a monthly housing allowance stipend from their GI Bill.   

   How does this standard benefit employer partners and member schools? Apprenticeship programs serve as a recruiting tool to increase productivity and retention as well as decrease the cost of recruitment. Depending upon state requirements, employer apprenticeship providers as well as associated schools have an opportunity to pursue grants, tax credits, and other forms of funding to offset training costs and mitigate some budgeting concerns. This funding is specifically earmarked by the government and is only available to Apprenticeship Providers and affiliated educational institutions. 

   Is it difficult for an employer to become an Apprenticeship Provider under this standard? No, the majority of paperwork was completed upon the filing and approval of this standard through the DOL. The remaining paperwork elements include the signing of a two-page employer acceptance agreement committing to the Apprenticeship Model coupled with the completion of a single form for each Apprentice hired through the program. There is no mandated number of Apprentices per program. 

   What will this Apprenticeship cost? There is no charge to NAPFTDS employer partners to become an apprenticeship provider nor to member schools to become an affiliate training facility.

 

What do I do to get started? Where may I direct my questions? Please contact: 

Rachel Rowe, J.D. 

Director of National Apprenticeship
FASTPORT, INC.

479-409-0959

 

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