FYI Any NY Folks Looking At Swift Training.

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Don R.'s Comment
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For anyone from NY who is looking at Swift. I found out today speaking with one of their recruiters that they don't take people for company sponsored training if a NY resident. You must have your CDL A already. It was news to me. But obviously will hire you once licensed. Anyway, it wasn't discouraging but just an avenue shut down till I get the license. FYI Don

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Errol V.'s Comment
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[Swift] won't take people for company sponsored training if a NY resident. You must have your CDL A already.

Don, I'm finishing up Swift Academy in Memphis. Did you ask the recruiter if Swift will cover tuition at a Driving School? Many companies will refund your tuition when you get hired.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Don R.'s Comment
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[Swift] won't take people for company sponsored training if a NY resident. You must have your CDL A already.

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Don, I'm finishing up Swift Academy in Memphis. Did you ask the recruiter if Swift will cover tuition at a Driving School? Many companies will refund your tuition when you get hired.

Hi Errol

Yes, thank you for bringing that up. I forgot to mention that Swift will reimburse you for your training, but Im thinking she said that it was up to 5000$. That's why I wasn't discouraged. She did mention however that they very much prefer the school that trains you uses the 53' trailers as well . Apparently there are some schools that maybe only use the "pup" trailers? How is training there? Is it what you hoped? what will you be driving do you know? Or have they told you? Don

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Errol V.'s Comment
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She did mention however that they very much prefer the school that trains you uses the 53' trailers as well . Apparently there are some schools that maybe only use the "pup" trailers? How is training there? Is it what you hoped? what will you be driving do you know? Or have they told you? Don

Swift uses 53' trailers nearly exclusively. Obviously they behave differently than a single or a double 28' combination. So, learning with the long ones is a plus for you at Swift Transportation.

Don, I can only speak for myself attending the Swift Academy in Memphis, TN. Of the five instructors that worked with me, each one was dedicated to bringing us all up to speed. They were always patient, no matter how many times I missed a box in a backing skill. The all had their little pointers for any skill, and they all were consistent in teaching the skills the way the Academy wants them taught. (There was no "Do it this way ..." competing with "Look for that view in the mirror...") In those moments when we were all relaxing, they were honest and open in answering questions about Swift, trucking or "the trucker's life" from their own experience. I was impressed with their dedication to their students, their depth of knowledge, and their friendliness.

I, for one, am satisfied with my Swift Academy experience.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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