By Michele Fuetsch
Staff Reporter @ Transport Topics
After more than a decade of temporary extensions, the Workforce Development Act, which funnels money to states to train job seekers, including truck drivers, is closer to congressional approval.
A bipartisan five-year reauthorization bill was approved by the Senate on June 25 on a 95-3 vote. It heads back to the House, which passed its version last year but must concur on Senate amendments.
Unlike the existing workforce law, the bill more strongly ties training to high-demand occupations, said Don Lefeve, president of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, which represents private training schools.
“It’s a really good improvement, and we think it’s good news for trucking,” Lefeve said of the Senate bill. “By definition, it’s going to be much more data-driven.”
Carriers are scrambling to find drivers as demand for freight continues to grow.
“Every year, there are roughly 35,000 more driving jobs to be filled [in trucking],” said Boyd Stephenson, director of hazardous material policy for American Trucking Associations... Continue reading.