26 Apr '17, 8pm

Dealing With Driver Shortage Is Still a Big Deal

Dealing With Driver Shortage Is Still a Big Deal

“It’s a big bus, but it really isn’t a big deal.” That catchy slogan jumped out at me as I viewed a driver recruitment video that was posted online by Wichita (Kan.) Public Schools in February. In the spot, a training manager for the district’s contractor, First Student, explains what it takes to become a school bus driver as the local operation looks to bring new recruits on board — an issue that many districts and contractors across the nation are struggling with. “With our 50-hour training program that includes classroom and behind-the-wheel … the technical and safety piece of the training, we can really teach just about anybody,” says Renee Boydo, training center manager for First Student, in the Wichita video. She also points out that no experience is needed, and the company provides paid training to help new drivers get their CDL. “We’re really looking for compassion...

Full article: http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/722179/dealing-with...

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