Is It Necessary To Have A Female Trainer?

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Special K, aka Kathy's Comment
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I am planning on training with Central, hopefully next month (as soon as I can get all my ducks in a row) anyway...I have read several posts on having difficulity getting a female trainer. Is there anything wrong with having a male trainer? I mean as long as he is respectful to me, or does it "look bad or trashy" Just wondering, I don't mind having a male trainer if that means me getting paid sooner. I can't afford to be out of work to be honest.

crazy rebel's Comment
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It normally depends on the trainees preference ,some companies do allow male/female trainers/trainees but some rather not ask ur recruiter ya may be able to get a male if ya want. And no it doesn't look trashy ya should get trained the same way no matter what.ur goin to be a professional and that's how they should treat ya not like a buffet meal ready to order.

Starcar's Comment
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Its really up to you. Now I will say that there are some real knuckle draggers out there that are trainers. Point in case....CRST just made a settlement out of court on a sexual harassment case, dealing with a trainer/ trainee. I for one, would not have any trouble being trained by a guy. And if I did, the company would hear about it...up front. No one has to go thru harassment of any kind, just to get thru training. So the choice is left up to you, if the company offers the choice. But ladies always seem to have a long wait for a lady trainer....

Pebbles (Juelma N)'s Comment
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I will take what I can get to get out there. Since there osnt alot of female drivers out there you might have to wait. I know at England it was like that. If you do Starcar is right dont take ****. Call the company if anyone male or female makes you uncomfortable or treat you bad.

Troubador222's Comment
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Actually CRST won that case on appeal according to the last news stories I heard, though they may have settled too at this point, to make it go away. CRST does tell women up front, that they cannot promise them a female trainer, simply because they do not have enough of them. If you do end up with a male trainer, make sure you know who to contact at your company, if there is any problem at all. And if you are frightened or uncomfortable, GET OFF THAT TRUCK. I am sure that most trainers are professional, and a lot of companies are looking at this very thing. CRST gives training in orientation on this, and any kind of harassment, and makes it clear that any violations are a firable offense. But you have to look out after your safety too, so what ever you end up doing, keep that in mind.

kayakngal's Comment
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I am planning on training with Central, hopefully next month (as soon as I can get all my ducks in a row) anyway...I have read several posts on having difficulity getting a female trainer. Is there anything wrong with having a male trainer? I mean as long as he is respectful to me, or does it "look bad or trashy" Just wondering, I don't mind having a male trainer if that means me getting paid sooner. I can't afford to be out of work to be honest.

My experience so far is that it's mandatory with most "reputable" companies. I realize I state this without having experience BUT I have asked many truckers their opinion - not to mention I've heard some really crazy stories about trainers (male) being inappropriate with trainees (female) so, I just hope for the best.

I'll be carrying mace at all times if I end up taking a job - just to get a paycheck coming in - with a male trainer. It wouldn't be so bad if I could personally choose a trainer whom I'd met in orientation yet, I'm not into gambling and I really, really dislike drama which could come with some male trainers (I realize not all so again - it's the gamble I'm uncomfortable with). Good luck and keep us posted. Especially being a woman because I really appreciate any info you and I can share.

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EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

EngineeringMother's Comment
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I specifically asked for a female trainer from the beginning and my recruiter said the wait should not be long. I asked one of our more experienced instructors today and he said Swift had quite a few female mentors. I will let you know how it goes. I'm in day two of 3 weeks so it will be a little while. There are other females in the classes ahead of me, too.

Starcar's Comment
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Kayakngal, I believe mace is one of those things you can't have on a truck. And personally, having been maced in BPST training...setting off a Mace spray in a truck will get both of ya, so you won't gain a whole lot. Getting a decent trainer is a crap shoot, at best. No company can say their trainers will act appropriately at all times. If it were me, I'd have a sit down with the trainer before we ever left the terminal , and tell them EXACTLY what you expect of him. Then there will be no mistaken intentions, or if there is, you'll contact the appropriate person at the company. Its a slippery slope, to be sure. I really wish more women would go into training. But they all must be like me....I'm really picky about who I sleep behind when that truck's moving. And I know, the trainer has to be in the jump seat a given amount of time....but still...

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A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mousemaker's Comment
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If I were a trainer, as a male I would be just as or more leary of taking a female trainee in my truck as you are. The temptation for some is just too great to try and "cash in" on a lawsuit. I've had some coworkers that I had to leave the room if they entered and no one else was there, never be alone without a witness just to protect myself from untrue accusations. If they take a dislike to you they can easily destroy your life. In my example, we had a mediator come from headquarters and she gave an ultimatum in front of the boss. Ended up she left, and even though I had not done what she claimed, I still got my next pay raise reduced and she got a settlement.

So the moral of the story is, it's not just the female who has to be careful in mixed gender situations. She might think a male will take physical advantage of her, but he also should fear a female can take legal advantage of him.

Special K, aka Kathy's Comment
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I wonder if they would allow a video camera on the dash, I would like to document my training time anyway to share with family and friends. That would provide protection for both parties.

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