WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced a partnership with the American Trucking Associations – the largest national trade association for the trucking industry – to join the Biden-Harris administration’s 90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge and launch Registered Apprenticeships as a route toward getting more well-trained drivers on the road in good-paying jobs.
The announcement follows a meeting with the associations’ Chairman Harold Sumerford Jr.; President and CEO Chris Spear; and other industry leaders and stakeholders at the U.S. Department of Labor’s headquarters.
The association announced the start of its national Registered Apprenticeship program for truck drivers designed to enhance industry training and safety standards, and support the recruitment and retention of drivers in good trucking jobs. This new program will drive adoption of Registered Apprenticeship across the association’s employer membership expanding access to high-quality, earn-as-you-learn training for more workers that connects them to good jobs, and strengthens the nation’s supply chains while expanding the economy.
“We appreciate the American Trucking Associations joining the effort to expand Registered Apprenticeships to meet the needs of the nation’s employers while connecting workers to good-paying jobs and a path to middle-class wages and opportunities,” said Secretary Marty Walsh. “What I love about Registered Apprenticeship is that it is a partnership. When employers and industry step up, we are ready to partner and support them to adopt this high-road training model to meet their critical workforce needs,” he added.
“Drivers throughout the country have spoken with me about the rewards and the challenges of this career, and it’s clear we need to do more to build and support the trucking workforce. The Biden-Harris administration is working with the trucking industry and drivers to quickly launch registered apprenticeship programs that provide high-quality paid job training, reduce debt for drivers, and increase the number of drivers who stay in the job,” said Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This will make things easier for drivers and for the millions of American households that count on their essential work,” he added.
Learn more about the Biden-Harris administration’s Trucking Action Plan.
Learn more about Registered Apprenticeships programs.
Read more about the American Trucking Associations.