Drop-Out / Success Rate @ Training

Discussion in 'Central Refrigerated' started by huckstah, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. huckstah

    huckstah Light Load Member

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    I asked this question at the Central Refridgerated Truckstop Forum, but I think it's better to post it as a thread here so that other wanna-be's and rookies can find it easier.

    Ok, so here's the question:

    I have heard that nearly 90% of students in a class usually don't finish training. I'm assuming some of those people fail the physical/drug test, and perhaps some people simply realize they aren't cut out for it and decide to take the greyhound back home. Aside from these obvious reasons, what are some of the other popular reasons that contribute to 90% of the class leaving?

    This is why I am asking:

    When I first started researching trucking companies over 6 months ago, I was extremely naive and was considering going to C.R. England. One of the biggest turn off's to me with that company was their ridiculous drop-out rate, and dirt-poor training. There were many other reasons for steering clear of them, but that's for another post. But I do remember reading some of the horror stories, and there were TONS of guys complaining about C.R. England's lack of backgrounding work on new students. For example, there are multiple occasions where guys were bused out to their training camp, and many of their credentials had not even been checked yet. Past jobs, driving history, references, etc, never even verified yet. It's really crappy for a company to read a persons application, pre-hire them with a recruiter, send them miles away from home on a cramped bus, and then kindly inform them that one of their references didn't check out. WTF? Often times these companies have several weeks to verify this information, and those students are under the belief that all of that has already been cleared and given the thumbs up.

    Please tell me this kinda BS doesn't go on at Central. There has to be some legitimate reason why 90% of students are dropping out, and with a number so extremely high it's rather hard to believe this is always the students fault. Can anyone give me the straight scoop about this in concern to their previous experiences?
     
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  3. ezmed

    ezmed Medium Load Member

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    In a galaxy far, far away....... my experience was one in four actually finish out and go to work. Maybe I was in a bad lot. I hope I was not in a good lot. LOL

    DOT physiscal, background, testing or drug screen impede many in their progess. I hear some companies do a more thorough background investigation once reporting for training. Some do hair folicle drug screening now making drug use visible 6 months back. It seems it is all getting tougher to comply with. Avoid trouble and be 100% honest.
     
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  4. Stand4112

    Stand4112 Bobtail Member

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    I know that at my truck school here in Sacramento, my class started at 10 students. 3 students graduated and went to orientation at Central in Fontana. All 3 mde it through orientation and are awaiting there OTR trainers.
     
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  5. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I did'nt know the percentage was that high.Some drop out because the instructors lower their self esteem.Some do because they have it too good at home and don't think this is the kiYou mentioned crengland,I would say companies like that nd of life style they want.Some can't back or shift and does'nt give it a chance..You mentioned england,I would say companies like that plays the biggest role in why many fail.
     
  6. huckstah

    huckstah Light Load Member

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    Don't quote me on the percentage, because I've only heard that number from another driver. That number is likely exaggerated, but even if it's closer to 70%, still a high number nonetheless. Kinda scary to look forward to for a new recruit that's never driven a truck before
     
  7. Lady K

    Lady K Road Train Member

    I personally think you will do OK... You have done your research and have some idea of what you are getting into. Others try to fool the system and get caught, or have NO CLUE what they have signed up for, or when they hit a bump, they don't know how to continue fighting and quit... Thinking that everything will go their way and its everybody else's fault when things don't go how THEY think it should. Attitude is a BIG part of this. If you let little things burrow in and fester, you won't last long... If you think everyone is going to bend over backward just for you, you won't last long. But with a good work ethic and attitude, you'll do fine, and probably better than most :D
     
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  8. JaCk ThE TrIpPeR

    JaCk ThE TrIpPeR Light Load Member

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    My class started with over 40 and only 11 actually made it out for a trainer. You will see about half get rooted out for background, drug test and security interview (Where people admit to doing drugs). We had three people flunk out because they just couldnt figure out the shifting and/or backing to pass the test.
     
  9. NYROADIE

    NYROADIE Heavy Load Member

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    And out of that three , two of them will make it about a year and only one of those will make two years!
    Now thats just my observation so I could be off a little.
     
  10. huckstah

    huckstah Light Load Member

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    I admitted to my recruiter that I had smoked a joint 6+ years ago. If that comes up at the security interview, Ill probably be one of those going home. Honesty may not be the best route sometimes
     
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  11. ironpony

    ironpony Road Train Member

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    Each phase of training is going to see some attrition. The largest chunk happens at that first orientation at any carrier. I'd say its more important for you to be totally honest, keep your attitude upbeat, and don't let your experience with the last one you applied to shade what happens here. The idea is to get your foot in the door somewhere, get your training, your initial year or two experience with zero tickets and accidents - then you can go pretty much anywhere.

    Federal security clearances for example... if you admitted to them that you smoked a joint, they could care less about the fact that you'd done that. What they do care about is if you denied ever having touched the stuff, and then somewhere else along the line it came out that someone said you had. That kind of disconnect would get you completely kicked out of the program. Same deal here... they're looking for the character trait that pegs you as being an honest person.
     
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