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.”
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.
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.