New programs will generate over 3,000 new commercial truck drivers annually, allowing the supply chain to keep on trucking
SARASOTA and MANATEE, Fla., Feb. 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today, FleetForce Truck Driving School finalized a massive market expansion totaling six new FleetForce programs in Florida, with testing and training set to begin as early as March. These new programs include the establishment of six brand-new training sites in partnership with community colleges in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Niceville, Daytona Beach, Ocala and New Port Richey; FleetForce also has two other existing sites on the horizon at schools in Lake City and Gainesville, which are anticipated to launch this year.
Together, these training sites will be able to produce over 3,000 new truck drivers annually, addressing a growing industry need, and rescuing overwhelmed supply chains. Equally, the new locations represent an economic and job-opportunity boon to several communities throughout the state. Trainees who graduate with their CDL will be in high demand.
“Truck driving remains at the core of our country’s economic abilities, and we see evidence of the growing need for new drivers every day,” said FleetForce owner Tra Williams. “We’re excited to show what can be done to meet this tremendous need. Thanks to our new locations, there’ll soon be an influx of highly trained professional drivers on the road. That’s going to be a huge help to Florida industries, in addition to the U.S. supply chain and economy.”
Though COVID exacerbated supply-chain issues, the need for new truck drivers has been increasing for more than a decade. A 2019 Truck Driver Shortage Analysis from the American Trucking Association noted an exponential growth shortage of Class A tractor-trailer drivers since 2016. Fewer than 10,000 new drivers were needed in 2011, while the shortage reached a record 60,800 in 2018.
Based on current trends, that same study projected that the industry will need 1.1 million new drivers in the next five years alone, due to industry growth, retirement and natural attrition.
“Recruiting and retaining the next generation of professional truck drivers requires a paradigm shift—a change from the old model,” said Alix Miller, President and CEO of Florida Trucking Association. “The success of FleetForce is a direct reflection of improving accessibility, efficiency, and promoting a new image of trucking for students. And with these new locations opening around Florida, trucking companies will have more local access to new, well-trained talent, further bolstering our workforce and the economy of Florida.”
FleetForce students can go through training and earn their CDL in as little as four weeks. The company’s progressive business model and rapid expansion proves a solution for other states in the U.S. that are dealing with truck driver shortages.
Visit www.fleetforcetruckdrivingschool.com for more information.
About FleetForce Truck Driving School
Established in 1981, FleetForce Truck Driving School is the fastest-growing Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) institute in the nation. It is licensed by the Florida Department of Education, the Committee for Independent Education, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Headquartered in Sarasota/Bradenton, FleetForce delivers industry-leading training to aspiring commercial truck drivers, which benefits the U.S. economy. Additional FleetForce locations are in Winter Haven, Venice, Palm City, Niceville, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Daytona Beach, Ocala, New Port Richey, Lake City, and Gainesville, Florida. Visit www.fleetforcetruckdrivingschool.com for more information.
Knight Strategic Communications