GREEN BAY, Wis. - (January 11, 2012) - Schneider National, Inc., a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services, announced today the company's support and enthusiasm for Governor Walker's new Wisconsin Working plan, designed to better match job seekers with open positions and improve workforce training. The plan also includes initiatives by the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand its efforts to help veterans find jobs.
"As one of Northeast Wisconsin's largest employers, we applaud Governor Walker's efforts to foster job creation in our state and to better prepare and place skilled workers in new jobs," said Chris Lofgren, president and CEO of Schneider National. "These are exactly the kind of initiatives our company needs to fill many of our open roles, especially roles for professional truck drivers."
For Schneider, the veteran-focused programs included in the Governor's plan are of great interest. The company has a long legacy of hiring military-experienced talent for office, maintenance/shop, truck driving and warehouse roles. The company says the critical thinking skills, leadership and motivation military personnel bring to the workforce is attractive in the fast-paced, complex business environment of a modern-day transportation operation.
"While we anticipate growth and new hires in all areas of the business, our greatest area of opportunity is for professional truck drivers," noted Mike Hinz, vice president, Schneider National. "We plan to hire 500 military members across the U.S. in 2012, and the governor's initiatives with the Department of Veterans Affairs will help reach that goal."
Hinz said the governor's plans to increase the number of career and benefit fairs for veterans, to incorporate online job fairs and to proactively reach out to unemployed veterans in an effort to align them with job placement assistance and other earned benefits are all welcome news.
Through the years, Schneider has developed a number of programs specifically for past and present military personnel including a Military Apprenticeship Program that provides on-the-job training and opportunities to use GI Bill education/training benefits and opportunities for veterans, Guard members and Reservists. In addition to weekly Schneider pay, associates in the Apprenticeship Program are eligible for up to $1,069 per month in compensation through the VA program.
"Our programs are some of the best in the United States, but it can be challenging to get the word out," Hinz noted. "Working collaboratively with groups like the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is a huge opportunity to put more people in the state to work."