Free truck driving schools are often found in trucking companies that offer truck driving courses. These courses are often offered to drivers who would like to apply and work in the company after finishing the truck driving course. The training can either be given by the company itself or be outsourced to a truck driving school with which they have a contract. But if you are really going to look at it, you can never really find a school which offers “free” truck driving lessons, as they all require a firm work contract after you graduate.
Trucking companies often advertise their “free” truck driving lessons on their websites in order to attract potential employees to their company. What most people do not really read is the accompanying terms and conditions with such a contract for free truck driving lessons. Do you think a company would spend that much on a person with whom they do not have any assurance of future employment to their company? So, in the end, these free truck driving schools will eventually have to be paid by you. You can have the training for free for now, but after you become employed the company will be deducting costs from your salary as a way to pay for your education expenses.
When you sign up to free truck driving schools, what you can actually get are poor quality facilities and instructors. Since most schools would usually outsource most of their training to cheaper truck driving schools, you would not usually get the best type of education that there is. Trucking companies are only interested in making a truck driver out of you with the shortest and cheapest amount of instruction. The demand for truck drivers has grown with the consequent shortage of available truck drivers.
After graduating from a free truck driving school, you would either be required to stay with the trucking company which offered the training for at least two years under a reduced salary or to pay for the training itself. So, it is not really that free after all. Your free education came with the condition to work for the company after you finish the course or to pay for the whole if you choose to leave your work. All of the advertised free training by trucking companies often have such conditions attached to them and you may not be in the know about them until you read their terms and conditions. So be on the lookout for such offers in the market.
As a conclusion, I can say that there is actually no free truck driving schools. They are either truck driving courses which are offered by trucking companies with corresponding employment conditions or are truck driving schools which are contracted by such trucking companies. Either way, you can never really find a totally free truck driving school in the United States. You would always have to pay back for the free training and schooling that you got from them either by salary deductions or by paying for them if you decide not to abide by their conditions.
Here is a list of the most popular truck driving companies that offer “free” company sponsored training:
– CR England – CR England operates the Premier truck driving school and offers jobs to their graduates.
– CRST Trucking – CRST offers a company-sponsored training program through one of their area affiliate schools.
– Swift – Swift is one of the largest truck driving companies and offer programs to help you get your CDL in as few as 21 days.
– Prime – Prime Trucking operates a 40,000 square foot school facility in Springfield, MO with sleeping rooms, computer lab, work stations, cafés, and a simulator training lab
– Roehl – Roehl operates a large company with many opportunities driving one of their 1,900 tractors.