Schneider Training Is Changing

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Robsteeler's Comment
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I heard from the orientation instructors that Schneider is going back to in house training. They’ve been using Trainco where I went, but it looks like they’re going to resume training their own drivers. It’s weird because they’re made a significant investment in Trainco giving them trucks etc, but they must have decided they can save money by training in house.

Bill F.'s Comment
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I'll bet it's more quality of training than saving money. imo...

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I heard from the orientation instructors that Schneider is going back to in house training. They’ve been using Trainco where I went, but it looks like they’re going to resume training their own drivers. It’s weird because they’re made a significant investment in Trainco giving them trucks etc, but they must have decided they can save money by training in house.

I'm not surprised at all to be honest, other than the investment you've mentioned.

I speak with a lot of companies who are doing Paid CDL Training Programs and they're all trying to get away from hiring students through private schools or working with outside schools at all. They're all trying to grow their in-house programs as much as possible and would love to train 100% of their own students if they could. It's all about getting enough qualified drivers who are serious about their trucking career, that's their biggest challenge.

Way back in the day Schneider and JB Hunt were two of only a handful of companies that had their own training programs. JB Hunt has gone heavily into the rail niche so they're not really bringing in students anymore but I've been wondering for a long time when Schneider was going to get their program up and running again.

I worked for US Xpress for 6 years at one point and they had their own program at the time. They've gone to outside schools in recent years and I'm thinking they'll switch back to an in-house program at some point also.

The in-house paid CDL training programs have been so much more successful for a number of reasons:

1) Many of them pay students right from day one

2) You don't need to pay any tuition up front, and often times you'll pay little or no tuition at all if you work off your contract

3) Students stay around longer because they do have the contract to fulfill in exchange for the training that the company paid for up front

4) Students learn the equipment and procedures they'll be using while working for the company instead of getting some generic training on old, ratty, ancient equipment at a private school.

For anyone wondering about the differences between private schooling and paid schooling, check this out:

Why I Prefer Paid CDL Training Over Private CDL Training

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I'll bet it's more quality of training than saving money. imo...

It certainly is.

Wolverine's Comment
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I'll bet it's more quality of training than saving money. imo...

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It certainly is.

Trainco is not a good school?

Old School's Comment
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Trainco is not a good school?

Todd, welcome to our forum!

You made a quantum leap there!

Trucking companies change the way they do things all the time. Schneider, and many other companies have been hiring Trainco students for a long time. The purpose of these schools is to get you to the point of being able to obtain your CDL. Anything beyond that will be learned while working with a trainer at the company which hires you. Trucking school graduates are woefully unprepared to be successful truck drivers, in fact it pretty much takes a full year of doing this job before you begin to be proficient at it. There's not a truck driving school in the country that can get you where you need to be in just a matter of a few weeks.

So... nobody here in this conversation said that Trainco was not a good school. Schneider has decided to go a different direction, just as they have done many times before. At one point they changed directions from training their own students and switched to using Trainco. Nobody assumed they did that because their own training was bad. There are a lot more reasons that go into these decisions than just deciding that a school is bad.

Hey welcome aboard, and make sure you take a look at some of the following information.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Splitter's Comment
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Trainco is not a good school?

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Todd, welcome to our forum!

You made a quantum leap there!

Trucking companies change the way they do things all the time. Schneider, and many other companies have been hiring Trainco students for a long time. The purpose of these schools is to get you to the point of being able to obtain your CDL. Anything beyond that will be learned while working with a trainer at the company which hires you. Trucking school graduates are woefully unprepared to be successful truck drivers, in fact it pretty much takes a full year of doing this job before you begin to be proficient at it. There's not a truck driving school in the country that can get you where you need to be in just a matter of a few weeks.

So... nobody here in this conversation said that Trainco was not a good school. Schneider has decided to go a different direction, just as they have done many times before. At one point they changed directions from training their own students and switched to using Trainco. Nobody assumed they did that because their own training was bad. There are a lot more reasons that go into these decisions than just deciding that a school is bad.

Hey welcome aboard, and make sure you take a look at some of the following information.

One thing I’ll take exception with is this, “...in fact it pretty much takes a full year of doing this job before you begin to be proficient at it.”

I arrived at Sprimo on March 2nd. I was hired March 29th after passing my road test (FINALLY). Due to the wealth of knowledge & resources available here, along with an excellent trainer, I feel as though I’ve hit my stride. The simple truth is that if we take initiative, ask questions, research topics, read diaries, etc? We will have a leg up on our peers every time. The endless sharing of experiences & how to overcome adversity on here is priceless. The time Brett, GTown, Rainy, Susan, yourself along with so many others make huge impacts & improvements in our lives that I’ll never stop singing your praises. Are there more nuances to learn? Without a doubt. But I feel so much better prepared to face the challenges of this industry all due to all of you having our backs. 🙏 Thank you! God bless all of you. Be safe out here!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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One thing I’ll take exception with is this, “...in fact it pretty much takes a full year of doing this job before you begin to be proficient at it.”
I arrived at Sprimo on March 2nd. I was hired March 29th after passing my road test (FINALLY).

Four months into your new trucking career...

I feel as though I’ve hit my stride.

Splitter, it's obvious you're loving this new career, and doing really well at it. That makes us all very proud and happy, especially that awesome trainer you had!

But... let me be honest with you. When I find a rookie driver who thinks they've reached their stride at four months, I've found a driver who will end up being disgruntled at 12 months. They start thinking they're worth more than they are getting paid. They start looking into leasing or becoming an Owner/Operator. They do that because they don't realize there are so many more ways they could improve their results. Pretty soon they have their own truck, and think they're on top of the world. Within about four years they are selling used cars for a living, or doing anything but trucking.

Trust me, if you're not steadily improving your results over the next few years, then you've gone stagnant. You can be stubborn about keeping that left door closed and being bull-headed about churning out the miles or you can become really efficient at this and pick up on the little secrets that will put you on a higher level that gets consistent results.

Mike H.'s Comment
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Trainco is not a good school?

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Todd, welcome to our forum!

You made a quantum leap there!

Trucking companies change the way they do things all the time. Schneider, and many other companies have been hiring Trainco students for a long time. The purpose of these schools is to get you to the point of being able to obtain your CDL. Anything beyond that will be learned while working with a trainer at the company which hires you. Trucking school graduates are woefully unprepared to be successful truck drivers, in fact it pretty much takes a full year of doing this job before you begin to be proficient at it. There's not a truck driving school in the country that can get you where you need to be in just a matter of a few weeks.

So... nobody here in this conversation said that Trainco was not a good school. Schneider has decided to go a different direction, just as they have done many times before. At one point they changed directions from training their own students and switched to using Trainco. Nobody assumed they did that because their own training was bad. There are a lot more reasons that go into these decisions than just deciding that a school is bad.

Hey welcome aboard, and make sure you take a look at some of the following information.

I think Todd F. is ASKING if Trainco is a bad school!

Question mark at the end of his sentence

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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I think Todd F. is ASKING if Trainco is a bad school!

Yes sir, I'm quite aware of that. I wasn't scolding him. I hoped to give him the bigger picture. Everybody wants to focus on companies and schools as being "bad or good," and that approach usually keeps them from finding the path to success in this career.

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