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CVTA Welcomes Step Forward in Addressing America's Workforce Development System
Association focused on keeping the American economy moving forward by providing quality truck driver training that addresses the growing needs of carriers
Washington, D.C. (May. 21, 2014) - The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA), the largest trade association representing the interests of truck driving schools, students, motor carriers, and the businesses that depend on their services, today announced its support of Congress' bipartisan effort to improve the nation's workforce development system through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA focuses on aligning training needs with jobs that can and need to be filled. CVTA members are dedicated to streamlining the process of enrolling students into schools, training them as quality drivers, and placing them into jobs in order to reduce the growing driver shortage, projected to reach 239,000 in the next 10 years. WIOA is a positive step forward in ensuring workers seeking to enter truck driving and other in-demand professional receive the proper assistance, obtain the right training and skills, and are placed into jobs that will positively impact the economy.
"CVTA applauds the bipartisan efforts of Congress to take up WIOA. This legislation will help Americans looking for work and enable them to enter in-demand profession like commercial truck driving," said Don Lefeve, President and CEO, CVTA. "The trucking industry is facing a shortage of drivers, which is only expected to grow over the next 10 years. We believe this legislation will, in part, help alleviate some of this shortage, and fill open jobs that commercial carriers badly need to fill."
CVTA and its members have a proven track record of working with elected officials in support of truck driver training and are focused on continuing to work with federal, state, and local officials to help them understand the trucking industry, key industry needs, and the positive impact that quality trained truck drivers have on the US economy.
"CVTA is focused on informing government officials and the public about the critical role that truck driver training schools play in our economy," said John Diab, CVTA's Chairman. "WIOA is about empowering a new generation of workers to enter in-demand industries like truck driving and getting Americans working. At the end of the day, our job as educators is to improve the lives of our students and we believe this legislation will help achieve that shared goal."
CVTA is the largest trade association representing the interests of truck driving schools, students and the businesses that depend on their services. Working with members and partners on critical industry issues, CVTA is the voice of commercial vehicle education throughout the United States. Together we are shaping the future of safer transportation.
CVTA Media Relations