CVTA and Co-Sponsor FASTPORT Receive National Standard Apprenticeship Program Approval from the Department of Labor

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Partnership to Assist in Training

Apprenticeship-Ready Truck Drivers

Alexandria, Va., May 14, 2018 – Today, the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) announced that it received approval from the Department of Labor (DOL) to be listed as a National Standard Registered Apprenticeship Program for professional truck drivers. This designation will allow CVTA member carriers to compete for discretionary apprenticeship grants and fund the pre-commercial driver’s license (CDL) portion of related training instruction (RTI). In addition, the program will expand employment opportunities through apprenticeship in the transportation and logistics sector for military Veterans and civilians alike.  

“The apprenticeship designation is an important step to have truck driving recognized as an in-demand career by Workforce Investment Board’s across the country,” said Don Lefeve, President & CEO, CVTA. “Our carrier and school members are dedicated to safety, professionalism, and meeting the demand for drivers within the trucking industry. This public-private partnership is a win for students and our country.”

CVTA’s apprenticeship standard was developed with co-sponsor and partner FASTPORT, Inc., the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Industry Intermediary for the Transportation & Logistics sector. As the intermediary, FASTPORT ensured the standard fell in accordance with the basic standards recommended by the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) as a basis from which the sponsor can work to establish an apprenticeship training program that meets the needs of an 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. “Apprenticeship is your proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent.”

 FASTPORT President Brad Bentley speaks about the importance of top-notch CDL training for military Veterans at CVTA Conference

FASTPORT President Brad Bentley speaks about the importance of top-notch CDL training for military Veterans at CVTA Conference

FASTPORT President Brad Bentley agreed, saying, “By partnering with our company on this national standard, CVTA will be able to connect these skilled and sought-after graduates with leading employers in the industry offering registered apprenticeships. This co-sponsorship is a critical element to help the trucking industry bridge experience gaps for thousands of new truck drivers, and we are thrilled to help connect these outstanding CDL graduates with real economic opportunity in the industry.” 

To learn more about Registered Apprenticeships in the transportation & logistics sector, and how to sign up to become an employer or training institution, visit transportationapprenticeships.org

 


 

Media Contact, CVTA

Kristine Gager, Director of Communications

703.642.9444 ext. 104

kristine.gager@cvta.org

 

Media Contact, FASTPORT

Dave Harrison, SME, Executive Director National Apprenticeship

479-231-9666 

Dave.Harrison@fastport.com

 

About CVTA

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and train over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org

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, visit fastport.com.

Empowering Change with Employment: A Collaboration

It’s a patchwork. There’s no one organization that’s going to suit the needs of all veterans.
— Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor Recipient
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Collaboration was the word of the day at the Hiring Our Heroes “Empowering Change with Employment”—for good reason. A glance around the Northeastern Ballroom where the conference was held, anyone could see the variety of organizations that joined together in the mission to help veterans each holds a piece to the puzzle to solve veteran unemployment and underemployment.

David Gualin, Director of Military and Veterans Affairs from Comcast NBCUniversal, kicked off the meeting with the overarching notion that this organizational teamwork is about “moving beyond hiring, it’s also supporting beyond just a hiring number. We need to move to something more, more dedication, more understanding of what the military community brings to our companies and how we can better engage them.”

Organizations are answering that call. The day was filled with information on how Veterans offer incredible assets and potential to civilian employers, regardless of their service branch and military occupation. There was also a special emphasis on the benefits of (and need to) hire and support military spouses as they find their way into a new civilian society. Those in the military community offer invaluable technical and non-technical skills such as leadership, rapid decision-making, emphasis on safety, teamwork and dependability. These skills, along with many others, create an incredible potential employee in any industry.

 Left: Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient, Right: Secretary Francisco Ureña

Left: Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient, Right: Secretary Francisco Ureña

Massachusetts Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Francisco Ureña echoed the idea of moving beyond the standard level of care for veterans since we can do even better for these incredible candidates. Secretary Ureña had enlisted in the Marines the day after he graduated from high school.

After leaving the Marines, he had a variety of volunteer positions that led him to civil service and to his ultimate position where he now leads MA VA where he has seen the collaborative effort to support veterans first hand: “There are so many practices happening here in the Commonwealth and specifically here in Boston with the focus of what we can do for our Veterans…In Massachusetts, we are leaders of helping our veterans, and that practice has gone back to the French and Indian War. We date back to those roots and continue to set a standard as a platform of support. That sense of network…[allows organizations] to make connections that will enable you to help veterans.”

However, FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan emphasized that the work doesn’t always begin with traditional employment. Because of skills gaps, many service members, veterans and spouses will need training to ensure they find the best career path. One of the most powerful ways to bridge these skills gaps are Registered Apprenticeships.

 Left to right: Patrick Murphy, former Under Secretary of the Army; Marjorie Morrison, Founder and CEO of PsychArmor; Matt Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy Department of Labor - VETS; Brendan McCaffrey, Military Recruiter of Wayfair; Bill McLennan, CEO of FASTPORT

Left to right: Patrick Murphy, former Under Secretary of the Army; Marjorie Morrison, Founder and CEO of PsychArmor; Matt Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy Department of Labor - VETS; Brendan McCaffrey, Military Recruiter of Wayfair; Bill McLennan, CEO of FASTPORT

Facilitated by Former Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, McLennan added his perspective to the panel “Good to Great: Veteran Friendly vs Veteran Ready” as the Project Director of National Apprenticeship at FASTPORT in addition to his knowledge as the company’s CEO. As one of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Industry Intermediaries to increase apprenticeship accessibility in the United States, FASTPORT developed a National Standard of Registered Apprenticeship to allow employers from across the country to set up a DOL-approved apprenticeship program. That development has helped 21 companies build and expand apprenticeship programs under McLennan’s leadership. In just over 18 months, 4,000 candidates have enrolled into these paid training programs. A nearly 100% employment rate after completing their apprenticeship training means vast opportunity for both companies and the next generation of employees.

McLennan summed up the success of both the apprenticeship National Standard and the projected success of veteran-ready organizations like those that attended today’s conference: “These results just go to show the work that can be done when a coalition of employers and entire industries can make together.”

Nominations Open for Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award

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March 13, 2018 — Lowell, MA — Nominations for the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award open today and will run until June 30, 2018. Employers and training institutions are encouraged to nominate rookie drivers with military experience who would be excellent ambassadors of the trucking industry to win a fully loaded Kenworth T680 truck.

Transition Trucking was launched in 2016 by Kenworth, FASTPORT, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes Program in an effort to educate veterans and America about the support from leading manufacturers and service providers that enhance the safety and comfort of the 3.5 million professional truck drivers while performing their duties — and provide an incredible head start to one veteran's entrepreneurial career.

Sponsors for the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award include the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and Combined Insurance. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please click here

The winner will be selected following a year-long competition among veterans, guard members and reservists who have made the successful transition in the trucking industry following military service.

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The winner's T-680 truck boasts a stamped aluminum cab and integral sleeper, and has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of approximately $155,000. Additionally, the campaign will recognize the employer and CDL credentialing institution that hired and trained the winner. Runners up will receive a cash prize of $10,000 each.

"Kenworth recognizes the importance of our veterans, and the donation of our on-highway flagship Kenworth T680—the Driver's Truck—is one way to thank them for their military service. We encourage those transitioning from military service to consider the trucking industry as their future career, and urge fleets in America to nominate their best drivers who have served to protect our country," said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. 

"About 200,000 service members transition out of the military into the private sector annually. A key part of FASTPORT'S mission is to inform veterans about the trucking industry's excellent career opportunities. We also like to showcase the best equipment available, and the Kenworth T680 Advantage is certainly a quality truck that receives more attention from our military community," said Brad Bentley, president of FASTPORT. 

"Hiring Our Heroes helped more than 16,000 new veterans make the transition into trucking last year, said Eric Eversole, U.S. Chamber of Commerce vice president and Hiring Our Heroes president. "The 2018 'Transition Trucking' award campaign is another opportunity to highlight the impact veterans are making in the transportation industry and introduce a new generation of veterans to the real economic opportunity a career in trucking can represent."

 Gregg Softy, 2017 winner of Transition Trucking

Gregg Softy, 2017 winner of Transition Trucking

 Troy Davidson, 2016 winner of Transition Trucking

Troy Davidson, 2016 winner of Transition Trucking

2017 winner Gregg Softy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point spent more than 28 years of distinguished active duty in the Army before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel to begin a second career at Stevens Transport after receiving his MBA degree.

2016 winner Troy Davidson is a Navy Veteran from Pensacola, FL who drives professionally for Werner Enterprises. During his military service, Troy was an E-5 Jet Engine Mechanic and received the Navy Good Conduct Medal (twice), the National Defense Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. Since his nomination, Troy was promoted to become a driver trainer to help guide the newest members of the trucking industry become excellent drivers.

To learn more about the award and nominate up to five drivers for consideration, visit transitiontrucking.org.

Reflecting on the Importance of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Game

 Members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team surveying the field before the charity football game begins where they defended their undefeated record. 

Members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team surveying the field before the charity football game begins where they defended their undefeated record. 

While Eagles fans still celebrate their victory over the Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl, many remember another incredible football game—one that happened the night before those two famous team stepped on the field. On the eve of the Super Bowl, military heroes showed us their athletic grit and inspired all those who watched. 

On that Wednesday, FASTPORT had the opportunity to sponsor the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team as it defended its 7-year strong undefeated record against NFL alumni at Concordia University's Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota. FASTPORT was honored to witness the game as well as get to know the incredible players who make up the team, including its captain and Marine Veteran BJ Ganem. 

“This game is a tremendous opportunity to show just what wounded warriors can do - that the human spirit is powerful as we explore endless possibilities in our professional and personal lives,” said Ganem, who lost a leg below the knee in Iraq in 2004. “To play against some of the NFL’s most iconic players, whom many of us grew up watching on television, is also incredible. And we appreciate the support we receive from Americans of all walks of life who come out to watch us play in support of this endeavor.”

Ganem had joined FASTPORT earlier in 2017 to help honor finalists in the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award program at the George W. Bush Library and Museum where his painted portraits done by former President Bush hung within the museum's larger collection. Ganem's continued support of the Veteran community matched well with FASTPORT's dedication to provide the military community with economic opportunity through career matching, so they committed to work together in that shared foundation. 

With the game now past and their record still undefeated, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football team stands as a remembrance for all that these wounded warriors are truly that—warriors. We thank them for the service they performed in their military careers, how they inspire those with their charity football games, and how their partnership is directly helping their fellow Veterans. 

FASTPORT’s Gulf Coast Military Hiring Fair Receives Support from La Quinta Inns & Suites by Offering Discounted Hotel Rates for Transitioning Service Members and Veterans

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Transitioning service members and veterans traveling to FASTPORT’s Gulf Coast Military Hiring Fair on January 26, 2018 can receive discounted rates at La Quinta hotels in the Mobile, AL area. The event will take place from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm CST at the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion, just steps away from the USS Alabama battleship and the day before the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The hiring event is co-sponsored by the Reese’s Senior Bowl, The South Alabama Veterans Council, Centurion Military Alliance and Kaplan University.

With La Quinta’s military discount, current and former service members will save money as they seek to travel to this unique venue and event. There are several La Quinta Inns & Suites close to the Mobile area so the attending military community will have multiple lodging options that will honor the military discount, including:

La Quinta Inn – Mobile

La Quinta Inns & Suites – Tillman’s Corner  

La Quinta Inns & Suites – Satsuma / Saraland

La Quinta Inn Inns & Suites – Daphne

Inbound travelers simply need to call the hotel direct and ask for the Military Rate Discount or book online at www.lq.com using the military rate discount code (Military). The guestrooms and military rate discount at each participating location is based on availability at time of the reservation.

“La Quinta recognizes that no one understands service like the military and that’s why we want to serve them,” said Liesl Vargas, La Quinta’s Vice President of Talent Acquisition. “We are honored the military community can use our discount to explore new career path opportunities at the upcoming Gulf Coast Hiring Fair.”

“As a military friendly employer, La Quinta has a long history of supporting service members, and this is a strong statement of how it will continue to serve our nation’s heroes in the future,” said Brad Bentley, FASTPORT President. “We are thrilled out-of-town service members will be able to travel with less cost as they seek new career paths from national, regional, and local employers in Mobile, and we look forward to helping them find great jobs at companies like La Quinta that value military service and training.”

La Quinta also offers a rewards program for all active duty service members, veterans or military spouses. It's called La Quinta Returns Military Rewards and is the company’s way of saying "thank you" for your service. To join, visit: www.LQ.com/militaryrewards and for career opportunities at La Quinta, visit: www.LQ.com/careers.