Schneider National, one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, is offering $6,000 tuition reimbursement to qualified driving school graduates to give drivers a leg up as they enter the industry. The program will cover the entire cost of some truck driver training programs, according to Mike Hinz, Schneider vice president.
“Schneider National’s tuition reimbursement program helps students overcome a big hurdle in starting a driving career — the cost of attending an accredited truck driving school,” Hinz said. “Safety — the heart of our core values and the cornerstone of our commitment to drivers — starts with proper professional training.”
To qualify for the tuition reimbursement program, drivers must be hired by Schneider National within 60 days of graduation. Reimbursement payments of $150 are made monthly, up to $6,000 total. Truck driving school curriculum focuses on developing the foundational skills necessary to earn a CDL and is typically completed in four to eight weeks.
Schneider has a range of career options for new drivers in team driving, regional, dedicated, tanker, over-the-road, oilfield and intermodal. After signing on with Schneider, a driver completes one week of classroom training, followed by one to three weeks of on-the-job training with a training engineer, Hinz said. Drivers learn how to use Schneider’s in-cab technology as well as simulation training and advanced over-the-road work. The time spent with a training engineer varies to ensure each new driver is comfortable as a solo or team driver. Drivers receive training pay during this time before moving to mileage pay.
“Training doesn’t end once a driver is hired by Schneider,” remarked Hinz. “We build on the truck driving school program to ensure that drivers are safe and comfortable before going out on their own or with their team partner.”
In addition to consistent freight and flexible schedule options to meet drivers’ earnings and time at home goals, Schneider provides a compensation and benefits package that includes bonuses based on driver performance. Benefits include medical and dental plans with preventive care covered 100 percent, paid vacation time and paid military leave, and a 100% match on the 401k savings plan.
In addition to the Tuition Reimbursement Program, Schneider offers current and former military members a VA-approved Apprenticeship Program. The program pays up to $1,069 per month in a new driver’s first year, in addition to Schneider paychecks.
For additional information about the tuition reimbursement program and career opportunities with Schneider National, visit www.schneiderjobs.com or call 1-800-44-PRIDE (1-800-447-7433).