Labor Department Gives $4.6 Million Grant to Train Workers in Trucking Industry

September 17, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor gave Teamsters Safety and Health Department a $4.6 million grant to establish apprenticeship programs for workers in the trucking industry.

The grant is part of an effort to help develop a trained workforce in industries that are deemed critical to the U.S. economy and have shortages of qualified workers.

In addition to creating certified apprenticeship programs, the grant funding must be used to develop qualified instructors and provide training to recent high school graduates, incumbent Teamster members who are transitioning from non-driving transportation jobs to jobs that require Class A or Class B Commercial Driver's Licenses, and military personnel who are transitioning to civilian life. Student recruitment will be conducted at high schools and vocational schools, community-based organizations that support underserved communities, Teamster Local Unions, and select military bases.