We are a couple thinking about joining central refrigerated, we are concerned about the training process. We was told by the recruiter that we would do 3 weeks training then 30 days training on the road which we would always be together. I ask him numerous times if we would be together when we do the training on the road and he told me yes. We just wanted to know if this is true. If anyone can help us out please let us know.
couples training with central
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yes because you are a married couple you will be able to do your training together. I am a trainer for central and have been training for over 2 years now and i can and will say I love what i do. I have trained solo drivers and i have trained teams. I am going to send my name and phone number to your mail box and if you would like to call i would be glad to answer any questions you have00 buckshot Thanks this.
I am not sure but i will get with the training department on monday and find out the exact rules on that and i will post it on here and let you know for sure. I just dont want to tell you something that is wrong. I will find out from the person that does the seating of the students.Baack Thanks this.
If you did not see it, you can also direct questions to the Central Refregerated Truck Stop thread in the favorite companys thread.
It is very active, has several trainers on it, and is just a nice place to hang out.
Not many use the threads in this section anymore.
Oh, I have seen unmarried couples team train.
Actually I have seen same sex friends that plan to team go out with a trainer together.
I have to tell you Mouthy1 that I've been on this forum for two years and read good and bad about companies and their trainers but you are the only one who seems to take training to a new level. If I ever go over the road vise local and need a company / trainer, I would hope it would be with someone who seems to generally care about a student. Nice Job
JJ and 6Pac are both on the Central Truckstop section regularly.
Both are Central Trainers, though JJ will be leaving the company soon due to going active duty in the Military again.
Both really care about there trainee's though and want to help them succeed.
I would say that these guys fall into the maybe 30% of Central trainers that I would consider to be good.
That is a guess at the number, but probably close.
The biggest problem with trainers at trucking company's is that you can become a trainer with very little driving experience. For the first few years driving most drivers should not be trainers. There are a few exceptions to this rule, some people are just good teachers and really pay attention to what they learn while on the road and know how to pass on that information.
This is important.
I do not care how many millions of miles of experience a driver has. If they do not know how to teach and pass on this information, they cannot train.
Also, in most instances lease drivers should not train.
There are exceptions to this rule for those that are passionate about teaching, and really care. But most lease driver trainers are only after the extra miles, and could care less about the trainee.
There are trainees that should not be driving a truck.
This is a fact. It is not a job that just anyone can do. From a safety stand point or from an emotional stand point.
This can change with age. When I got my CDL A in 1991 I was not emotionally ready for life on the road. Lucky for me I found a local company fairly easily at the time and drove local till I grew up some.
Back to training and trainers.
Central and all the other training company's do have some trainers that really care about what they do. Having one of these trainers will raise the chance of a new driver continuing in driving past the first 4 months by (i would guess) as much as 50%.
This may not sound like much, but remember there are about 8 million class A CDL holders in this country. Only 3 million of those are in trucks.
There is no shortage, and there has not been a driver shortage in many many years.
The pay for the average company driver is not that high.
Think about it, Central is starting trainees at what? .28 cpm? And .08 cpm of this is perdium, which is your money you would have gotten at tax time anyway. So they are just giving you an advance on your taxes with that.
So your real starting pay is .20 cpm.
This is right around what starting drivers were getting in 1991.
Top LVL experienced company drivers in 1991 were getting .32 cpm or so. This is close to what it is now at many company's.
The average cost of a new mid LVL car in 1991 was around 13,000. Now that same car would start at around 28,000.
Even after the housing crash, the cost of a new home is still 200% higher now than it was then.
So driver pay has been stagnant for over 20 years. Back then we could make a good living, now it is tough.
I have hopes that this will change in the next few years.
CSA 2010 will lower the numbers of drivers on the road.
Also it will cause more company's to go under. It is possible that the number of trucks will once again match the available freight again in the next year or so. But allot of drivers will have to loose there jobs for this to happen.
Until there is not an over abundance of drivers, the driver pay and rates will not go up.
Another thing that will help is if the FMCSA actually makes it's driver training rule in the form they are talking about.
If this happens ALL the company schools will go away. No more CDL mills.
ALL schools will have to be accredited.
This, plus normal turnover, plus CSA 2010, plus older drivers retiring, all will go a long way towards a true driver shortage.
I hate to say it, but I want to see this happen.
For the hours we work, the time away from home, and the sacrifices we make, we will finally have the chance to earn the pay we deserve.
All these things together can lead to drivers making the 50-70k a year we really work for.
Ok, sorry for all the differant tangents I went off on LOL.
I did not mean too.
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