The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) launched a new survey to quantify the trucking industry’s experience in recruiting, training, and retaining young adult employees. This survey is part of a larger study identified by ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee as a top research priority in 2021 to examine how the industry can best integrate younger adults into trucking careers.
Trucking fleets are asked to provide input through an online survey that will document Millennial and Gen Z involvement in the trucking industry, carrier perceptions of the DRIVE-Safe Act pilot program, and recent developments in driver apprenticeship programs. This timely research will provide valuable guidance for cultivating an environment in which young adults can thrive in trucking careers.
“As trucking fleets continue to address workforce challenges, understanding how to tap the potential of this nation’s younger employees is critical,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster.
Carriers are asked to complete the online survey by Friday, April 22, 2022. All submitted data will be kept strictly confidential. The survey can be accessed on ATRI’s website here.
Recently, The US Department of Labor has partnered with American Trucking Associations (ATA) for an apprenticeship program that could play a significant role in easing the industry’s driver shortage and presents motor carriers with an opportunity to directly work with and train new entrants to boost their driving ranks. “What I love about Registered Apprenticeship is that it is a partnership. When employers and industry step up, we are ready to partner and support them to adopt this high road-training model to meet their critical workforce needs” said Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.
As more and more Americans gain an understanding and appreciation of the supply chain, combined with the continued growth of e-commerce, as well as rising costs of 4 year colleges, it is imperative that careers in the trucking industry appeal to the younger generations.