Readout: Secretary Walsh joins Gov. Tom Wolf, trucking leaders, workers to open drivers’ training facility, discuss Registered Apprenticeship
WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh today joined Gov. Tom Wolf, leaders of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Yellow Corp., and union members to announce the expansion of the trucking company’s 17th Commercial Driver’s License Driving Academy in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
The expansion comes in response to the Biden-Harris administration’s 90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge to get more well-trained drivers behind the wheel in good-paying jobs through Registered Apprenticeships.
Secretary Walsh met with Gov. Wolf, Teamsters’ Vice Presidents Sean M. O’Brien and John F. Murphy, Yellow Corp. CEO Darren Hawkins and President Darrel Harris, and Teamsters Local 776 truck drivers and dockworkers at Yellow Corp.’s facility.
“The success of Yellow’s CDL Academy in producing some of the safest drivers on the road reflects the great power and promise of apprenticeship to be a proven workforce tool in the trucking industry,” said Secretary Marty Walsh. “The 90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge has shown that joint labor management programs and public-private partnerships are critical, and that we succeed when we work together.”
“We’re pleased that our 17th driving academy will soon open, giving men and women the opportunity to train for a commercial driver’s license and begin a new career in trucking. Truckers are American heroes, responsible for delivering essential goods to businesses and homes coast to coast,” said Yellow Corp. CEO Darren Hawkins. “We’re delighted that Secretary Walsh and Governor Wolf are committed to furthering apprenticeship programs, which help companies like ours train the next generation of professional drivers.”
Registered Apprenticeships like the Yellow CDL Driving Academy support high-quality, earn-as-you-learn training to connect drivers to good jobs, and strength the nation’s supply chains. These efforts align with the Biden-Harris administration’s Trucking Action Plan.