WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – There has been a shortage of truck drivers for many years, but the shortage is now at an all time high. North Carolina port officials have said a shortage of truck drivers is underway, which is negatively impacting supply chains.
Cape Fear Community College has a truck driver training program that has been in existence for over 20 years, but enrollment has almost doubled in the past year. In recent years, around 10 to 12 people graduated from the program, but this year they graduated an average of 18 to 20 people.
“The American Trucking Association, she says, needs around 900,000 truck drivers just to catch up on the stuck supply chain,” said Al Gover, director of the training program CFCC truck drivers. “They have ships waiting to enter the docks, but not enough trucks to remove the loads. They have 12-15 loads for each truck that gets there – if they could stack 12 loads on them, they’d be good to go.
This shortage is why training more drivers is so important right now, but it is not easy to find employment after the program. Being away from family for days on the road is not a sacrifice some are willing to make, but trucking companies are now trying to attract more drivers by offering better pay and requiring less experience for them. new drivers.
“A lot of guys who graduate from school think they’re going to be able to get a local job right off the bat – some do, but they’re very rare because most of the local jobs are held by drivers who put in their dues; they’ve been on the road for three or four years, ”Gover said.
Currently, about 80,000 drivers are needed, according to the American Trucking Association.
The CFCC program lasts about eight weeks and at the end of it, a driver could have their commercial driver’s license ready to hit the road.
“I expect this program to kind of explode over the next year or so,” Gover said.
Every new driver entering the workforce is one kilometer near the end of ongoing shipping delays.
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