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Secretary of Labor Attends Opening of New Yellow Training Program

A company’s newest truck driver training center was inaugurated on Tuesday.

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf were joined by leaders from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Yellow Corp., and union members to announce the expansion of the 17th trucking company Commercial Driver’s License Driving Academy in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

The new training school will open next week and is Yellow Corp’s first training school. in the state. The program is free and students are paid to earn while they learn.

The Labor Department said the expansion comes in response to the Biden-Harris administration’s decision 90 Day Trucking Learning Challenge to get more well-trained drivers behind the wheel and into what the ministry called “good-paying jobs” through registered apprenticeships.

“The success of Yellow’s CDL Academy in producing some of the safest drivers on the road reflects the great power and promise of learning to be an industry-proven workforce tool. trucking,” Walsh said. “The 90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge showed that joint labour-management programs and public-private partnerships are essential and that we succeed when we work together.

Walsh met with Wolf, Teamsters Vice Presidents Sean M. O’Brien and John F. Murphy, CEO of Yellow Corp. Darren Hawkins and President Darrel Harris, along with Teamsters Local 776 truck drivers and dock workers at the Yellow Corp facility.

“We are pleased that our 17th Driving Academy will soon open its doors, offering men and women the opportunity to train for a commercial driver’s license and start a new career in trucking. Truckers are American heroes, tasked with delivering essential goods to businesses and homes from coast to coast,” said Hawkins of Yellow Corp. “We are thrilled that Secretary Walsh and Governor Wolf have committed to advancing apprenticeship programs, which help companies like ours train the next generation of professional drivers.

“Apprenticeship programs set workers up for success by equipping them with the skills to compete for good jobs with family-supporting wages,” Wolf said. “The investments we are making in apprenticeships and other forms of on-the-job and practical training are already helping us guide more Pennsylvanians into careers where they can succeed. This is more important than ever as Pennsylvania’s economy continues to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. »