REDDING Calif. - Across the nation there’s a shortage of significant rig drivers to haul goods from distributor to stores. At American Career Training, the staff said they have more truck driver openings than truck driving students.
Assistant Director at American Career Training Jared Tilley said the pandemic is driving up demand for truckers, and companies are rushing to fill those positions.
“We have enough students in school to be considered, normal or average in enrollment as far as jobs we don’t have near enough students in the North state to fill the jobs that are open across the US right now," Tilley said.
Meanwhile, Tilley said he doesn’t think new students will have any trouble finding a job when they graduate.
“The opportunities for employment are just phenomenal right now, we have never had a problem now; we can place students for the next two years with the opportunities we have now," Tilley said.
That didn’t stop Bill Pavloff heard about the demand for truck drivers; he rushed to American Career Training School, ready to start his new career.
“The job market is wide open when you have your Class A license, not just locally, nationwide. You can go anywhere and find work with a Class A license," Pavloff said.
Tilley said his classes remain full until next year and said he is making sure his staff takes precautions, so more students feel comfortable being in person for in-person courses.