Posted in the Swift Transportation Co Forum
#1 Jun 11, 2008
are they hiring wat is the academy training program like is it job security
#2 Jul 8, 2009
Don't even waste your time with Swift unless you cannot get hired on by other new driver companies:
Schneider National;Werner;Crete;US Xpress.There are many others to choose among besides Swift.If you want to do reefer,I would consider Prime over CR England-the Swift of reefer companies.Also, check out the many driver websites:Thetruckersreport.com ; CDL-ADrivers.com ; Class-ADrivers.com ; Bubbajunk.com .
There are many other websites to investigate if you Google:CDL-A driver trainee or CDL driving schools.Ultimately, it's up to you.However,you will be investing 1Yr OTR driving time,after your driving school/OTR trainer training.Given Swift's less than safe policy of allowing inexperienced drivers (6-12Mos OTR) to become driver mentors,I would avoid this company.ASK how much experience they require to become a driver mentor;and,how much OTR experience your assigned mentor has? If you doubt what I tell you,verify it yourself with other drivers NOT recruiters at any prospective carrier you apply to.Don't forget to check out your local community colleges and local BOCES programs that may offer CDL training at reduced cost and without the contract/expensive training sold by large carriers like Swift;Schneider.Your question about job security is:YES-if you keep your CDL clean and avoid any accidents/speeding tkts during your 1st yr OTR.Once you have at least 1Yr OTR-6Mos for some companies,you can move to another carrier with higher pay.I would stick it out 1Yr before moving anywhere.You need to establish yourself with some stability.That's what I did my 1st Yr OTR, and then moved on to a better paying carrier.Good Luck with your career!
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