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Truck school offers job placement assistance for drivers

In Oregon and across the country, the need for more truck drivers is on the rise, but the number of people entering the field is staying the same.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 7:04 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2019 7:15 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- In Oregon and across the country, the need for more truck drivers is on the rise, but the number of people entering the field is staying the same.

Don Edwards at IITR Truck School in Creswell said over the years, truck drivers have become increasingly higher in demand.

He said the school offers job placement assistance, and if you want a job the day after your training, it can be done.

Currently, job placement is over 90 percent, Edwards said.

The course is about $5,000 per person, but Edwards said there is support available.

“Job placement right now is the easiest part that we do,” he said. “So we have companies that’ll come in here and recruit the students, and we’ll also have companies that are calling us and asking us, ‘Hey, can you put in a job order and let them know that we’re hiring?’”

Edwards said a truck drivers’ wages start at anywhere from $17 to $22 an hour, and places like Food Services of America and Umpqua Dairy Products always seem to be hiring.

The challenge? Edwards said it’s getting younger people to join the industry. But he said over time he hopes more people find the appeal and benefit of the field.

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