WASHINGTON, March 10, 2022 (Newswire.com) - FASTPORT and the American Trucking Associations (ATA) announced a historic co-sponsored Registered Apprenticeship agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor. The signing ceremony was attended by Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, ATA President and CEO Chris Spear and ATA Chairman Harold Sumerford Jr., and FASTPORT Executive Director of Workforce Development Dave Harrison.
As a DOL-recognized national apprenticeship sponsor, the ATA can now offer its 37,000+ members apprenticeship services to train the next generation of truck driving talent. They will work through FASTPORT to streamline program creation, implementation, and support to ensure those programs begin as soon as possible to help alleviate the driver shortage.
"FASTPORT is committed to providing the industry with technical assistance and overarching support to accelerate apprenticeship programs. We can help any company and meet their needs along any spectrum in as little as 48 hours," said FASTPORT President Brad Bentley referencing their timeline and work as the White House Apprenticeship Accelerator for the administration's 90 Day Trucking Challenge.
"Today is a great day for our Association and one we have been working toward for some time," said Spear. "This partnership puts us in a stronger position to help guide our members and millions of Americans as they pursue rewarding careers in our industry as commercial drivers, and we hope to build on this agreement for technicians and other trucking industry workforces."
"We are proud to co-sponsor this initiative with the largest trucking industry association as they have the power to help reach thousands of employers and positively impact the future of trucking through apprenticeships. We are ready and look forward to working together to bring the earn-and-learn model to the forefront of trucking and its leading employers," said FASTPORT's Dave Harrison.
FASTPORT was selected by the Biden-Harris Administration because of their tremendous success in the transportation sector and work with transitioning military veterans. To date, they have already helped organizations recruit and hire more than 16,000 apprentices. Since joining the Trucking Task Force, FASTPORT has helped more than 250 organizations develop and implement a registered apprenticeship program.
FASTPORT, Inc. is a software development company that builds partnerships and digital products to accelerate businesses and launch careers. Our people and technology interact with the most productive veteran hiring initiatives in the United States and have received multiple contracts from the US Air Force Small Business Innovative Research program. FASTPORT is also the U.S. Department of Labor's Industry Intermediary for the Transportation sector and a part of the Centers of Excellence to support apprenticeship development and sustainability. For more information, visit www.fastport.com or www.nationalapprenticeship.org.
To learn more about the 90 Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge, visit https://www.apprenticeship.gov/90-day-trucking-apprenticeship-challenge