ROCKFORD (WIFR) – If you’re seeing more trucks on the road, that’s because there’s a growing need for drivers, which is attracting more people to trade in their careers to get behind the wheel.
Cory Hilton hopes to start a new career since he lost his job as a factory worker almost a year ago. “I’ll have to go where the money’s at.”
With 2 kids in college, Hilton says he needs the extra help.
“Dad doesn’t really have to be there quite so much so that’s kind of a big reason to make the move now too, so get my feet wet, get some training," Hilton said.
Hilton picked the right time to start. Trucking companies are desperately looking for new help as older drivers start to retire.
Mark Sandoval from Rock Valley College says shipments are up about 8% from last year. So RVC hosted it’s first truck driver job fair to help fill the growing demand.
“In our community we have people that are looking to get re-employed and we’re certainly seeing quite a few folks coming from other industries. Sandoval says he’s seen people older than 60 wanting to hit the road.
RVC’s training program takes up to 12 students every 5 weeks. There’s such a demand for them, Sandoval says recruiters have offered to hire their entire class.
According to the American Trucking Association, $6.9 million people work in the trucking industry. We’re told the starting salary for a driver is $30,000-$40,000. If you’re interested in joining a training course you can do so by clicking here.