FASTPORT Honored at Apprenticeship Conference, Kicks off National Apprenticeship Week

Finding a new job can seem like a catch-22. You could be a great fit for the position, but you need to have direct industry experience to get the job. The main problem? There’s no way to get the direct industry experience without getting the job and learning how to master its necessary skills. So, how do we untangle this catch-22?

Armistice Day to Veterans Day: Why the Change and What Does it Mean?

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It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. At that time in 1918, the Allies of World War I and Germany gathered to sign an armistice that promised to end the war on the Western Front. With those signatures and after years of fighting, it was time for the nations to heal while still remembering the service members who sacrificed their lives in The Great War, one of the world’s most intense and deadly conflicts.

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Countries around the world, including the United States, took up the mantle of remembrance by creating Armistice Day to commemorating that fateful day in Compiegne, France where the world leaders had convened to end the war. While the Allied nations created Armistice Day to honor those who fought in WWI, WWII and the Korean War followed soon after and the United States wanted a way to remember and recognize Veterans from all wars.

That desire caused President Dwight D. Eisenhower to official change Armistice Day to Veterans Day on June 1, 1954. Now, we have a day set aside to honor all Veterans who served and continue to serve the United States in wartime and in peace.  

After President Reagan later explained Eisenhower’s expansion of the focus of Veterans Day by reflecting,

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“I may be one of the few people in this room who remembers when Veterans Day was called Armistice Day, commemorating the armistice that ended the First World War on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year in 1918. And I might add, I not only remember when it was called that day, I guess we may be the only ones that were on the streets in the wild celebration of the first and actual Armistice Day when it was signed.

Armistice Day honored those who gave their lives in “the war to end all wars”— a day of hope that they had not given their lives in vain. But within a few years, and in spite of an impressive effort on the part of the Western democracies to limit arms and to outlaw war, aggressors rearmed and war came again. Ironically, Armistice Day was made a legal holiday in the United States in 1938, just 1 year before a second and more terrible conflagration swept across Europe.”

The United States of America is a young country but full of history—and especially full of a history of heroes who have protected its American Dream that allows us to retain our rights for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Happy Veterans Day, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your service.

FASTPORT Leads U.S. Department of Labor's Transportation & Logistics Sector Apprenticeship Accelerator at GATS

Jose Valesquez, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship, introduces the importance and effectiveness of apprenticeship training programs.

Jose Valesquez, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship, introduces the importance and effectiveness of apprenticeship training programs.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Dallas, TX- 25 August 2017 - FASTPORT, Inc. leads U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Apprenticeship Accelerator Conference to benefit the Transportation & Logistics Sector at the Great American Trucking Show. The Accelerator Conference is designed to help employers seeking to initiate or expand apprenticeship programs by introducing the National Standard Apprenticeship model the DOL has approved for the Transportation Industry.

“American industry is the foundation of our country's economic competitiveness and prosperity. The challenge? Significant talent shortages and skill gaps are slowing companies' efforts to expand, innovate, and thrive. Transportation Sector growth is hampered by an aging workforce of highly-skilled and experienced workers and a lingering challenge to attract new and more diverse talent pools”, says Jose Velazquez, Deputy Administrator DOL/ETA Office of Apprenticeships.

“Companies in all sectors of the American economy are facing complex workforce challenges in increasingly competitive domestic and global markets. Registered Apprenticeship is your proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent.”

Brad Bentley, FASTPORT President, expressed his appreciation for the work the DOL Office of Apprenticeship has put into the creation of the Registered Apprenticeship program and the movement to engage with employers through an industry intermediary: “Private-public partnerships like the DOL OA has put into motion have put the transportation industry in an enviable position: it can work as a unified coalition to attract the best candidates for its most sought-after careers.”

“By working together to attract both civilians and Veterans as future transportation professionals,” Bentley continued, “the industry and its leading employers like those attending this Accelerator session will improve the lives of their newest employees and the health of our nation’s economy.”

For more information or to discover how you can participate in the Transportation Industry’s Apprenticeship movement to educate, inspire and hire more high skilled workers please contact FASTPORT at transportationapprenticeships.org.

NAPFTDS and FASTPORT Co-Sponsor DOL National Standard to Help Train 10,000 CDL Apprentices

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 25, 2017 - Dallas, TX - The National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS) and FASTPORT, Inc. have partnered to co-sponsor an innovative National Standard Registered Apprenticeship Program for Professional Truck Drivers.

This new partnership will expand employment opportunities through apprenticeship in the transportation and logistics sector for military Veterans and civilians alike, by helping them enter an accredited Commercial Driver License (CDL) institution for the highest quality training.

“NAPFTDS member CDL institutions have a long-standing reputation of graduating quality professional truck drivers in the industry,” said Mark Huss, President of NAPFTDS. “By partnering with FASTPORT, we will be able to help connect more of our outstanding graduating students to great career opportunities with employers in the industry offering Registered Apprenticeships.”

NAPFTDS represents 117 publicly funded schools from 37 states across the country. Their mission is to provide the highest quality, cost-effective and up-to-date training available for the transportation/logistics industry.

“This partnership between NAPFTDS and FASTPORT is a critical element to help provide great career opportunities for NAPFTDS’ graduates and to help the industry inspire and hire over 100,000 new apprentices in the next four years,” said Bill McLennan, CEO of FASTPORT. “It is a competitive imperative for American businesses to embrace apprenticeship models and we are thrilled to be working with the NAPFTDS and its member schools to provide the pathway for employment to great career opportunities.”

Dave Harrison the Executive Director of National Apprenticeship at FASTPORT said, “This is an exciting result. This public/private partnership between the Department of Labor and industry associations is a significant pathway to meaningful career opportunities through apprenticeship on an unprecedented scale.”

Martin Garsee the Executive Director of NAPFTDS states, “Our students are our number one priority, and most of our students’ number one priority after finishing school is finding a lasting career. To help them meet that goal, NAPFTDS has committed to connect them to Registered Apprenticeship opportunities, and we believe that we are capable to training over 10,000 of these apprenticeship-ready candidates each year with this co-sponsored National Standard. With this objective in mind, we look forward to a great partnership with FASTPORT and the U.S. Department of Labor.”

About NAPFTDS

The National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS) is an organization for the promotion of public education for the transportation industry. Through membership, educators can network with other truck driving schools across the country to provide the highest quality, most cost-effective, and up-to-date training available.

About FASTPORT

FASTPORT, Inc. is an employment software development company that builds products to help Veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. Using its proprietary technology, FASTPORT is committed to matching job seekers to employers actively hiring from the military community.

FASTPORT, Inc. is a Department of Labor Industry Intermediary to increase apprenticeship programs for civilian and Veteran talent and has a commercial co-venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and military candidates. For more information, visitfastport.com.

Top 10 Finalists Named for Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence 2017 Award

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The "Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence" campaign, first launched in the spring of 2016, is part of an overall effort to inspire the hiring of more veterans, national guard members, and reservists into the trucking industry. As the main part of the initiative, deserving veteran drivers who have made a successful transition from military service to the trucking industry were nominated by their carriers for the chance to win a fully-loaded Kenworth T680 truck to accelerate their newfound careers.

Since nominations closed on June 30th for this year’s hopefuls, the exceptional pool of candidates has been narrowed to the elite Top 10.

The Top 10 finalists include (listed in alphabetical order of last name):

  1. Mary and Larry Berman (Mary, US Army National Guard and Reserves; Larry, US Coast Guard and Army). Carrier: U.S. Xpress
  2. Phillip Cooper (US Navy). Carrier: Melton Truck Lines
  3. Sean Harding (US Army). Carrier: Stevens Transport
  4. Christopher King (US Air Force). Carrier: TMC Transportation
  5. Britney Motes (US Army). Carrier: Werner Enterprises
  6. James Rogers (US Army). Carrier: Prime, Inc.
  7. Wayne Roy (US Marine Corps). Carrier: U.S. Xpress
  8. Daniel Shonebarger (US Navy). Carrier: Melton Truck Lines
  9. Gregg Softy (US Army). Carrier: Stevens Transport
  10. Robert West (US Air Force). Carrier: Werner Enterprises

“Each of these candidates is an incredible ambassador to display what military talent brings to the trucking industry,” said FASTPORT President Brad Bentley. “We’re proud to say that all five United States military branches are represented in this diverse and qualified group, which is simply another proof point that the military, regardless of military occupation or branch, provides a unique and significant foundation for a professional truck driving career.”

The Top 10 Finalists will be recognized at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, TX on August 25, 2016 during the U.S. Department of Labor’s Transportation & Logistics Sector of Excellence in Apprenticeships (SEA) Conference and ApprenticeshipUSA Accelerator. To register to attend this event, please use the following link: http://info.fastport.com/gats-dol-registration.

The previous evening, these new drivers will also be recognized at the President George W. Bush Library during a tour and reception where last year’s winner and Navy veteran, Mr. Troy Davidson, will attend and discuss how his military experience enabled him to become named the best new driver in America and how the Transition Trucking award has impacted his life. B.J. Ganem, Wounded Warrior, will also be a guest speaker. To RSVP for the Transition Trucking Reception, email paige.thompson@fastport.com.

For more information on the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award, please visit transitiontrucking.org.