Ten years ago, Werner Enterprises partnered with the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs to start the industry's first Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program. The innovative work-based learning program allows veteran enrollees to use their GI Bill education benefits to invest in a future with Werner.
On July 6, 2016, Werner’s apprenticeship program celebrated its 5,000th veteran enrollee, Charles Doster, from Cordele, Georgia. Doster currently serves in the Georgia Army National Guard as a truck driver/supply specialist. He attended Roadmaster Drivers School in Jacksonville, Florida, before joining Werner.
“I spoke to a Werner recruiter at a job fair and when he told me about all the benefits that Werner has to offer, I was convinced it was the right company for me,”said Doster.
This apprenticeship is available for any driver with less than 24 months of experience and who is not a trainer or an owner operator. Eligible veterans, veteran spouses and veteran dependents can receive up to $22,555.20 tax-free of their GI Bill education benefits in addition to their normal pay for two years. Applicants do not have to be a veteran to participate in the program. Those who successfully complete the program receive a nationally recognized certification from the U.S. Department of Labor.