Program Overview

The BAWIB CDL Driver Training Program has been developed by a partnership made up of BAWIB, CareerWorks/UMASS Donahue Institute, local employers, Teamsters Local 653 and Parker Professional Driving School to train 24 unemployed/underemployed MA residents for employment as a CDL Class A Driver or Class B Driver.

The program is meant to help meet the significant employer demand for Class A and Class B Drivers in the BAWIB Region.

Educational and training partner Parker Professional Driving School is providing academic and hands on training for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Training Providers

Training Partners for this initiative are Careerworks and the Parker Professional Driving School.

As the trainer for this initiative, Parker will also provide assistance with assessment of candidates, necessary tutoring and placement of class participants. Participants will work closely with CareerWorks Case Managers, BAWIB and Parker Professional Driving School to update resumes, and practice interviewing skills by meeting local employers who hire Class A and/or Class B Drivers at BAWIB-sponsored Speed Networking and Hiring Events.

Employer Partners

Employer partners A & A Metro Transportation, Brilliant Move, East Coast Transit/Brockton Area Transit (BAT), UPS and T & K Asphalt represent a wide range of businesses in our region, giving program graduates a diverse selection of employment opportunities.

Training Details

The program started on May 15, 2016.

Throughout the two years 24 underemployed and unemployed individuals in BAWIB’s region will be trained to become Class A or Class B CDL Drivers.

Approved trainees will be broken up into smaller cohorts throughout the training period. Each cohort will go through the Career Ready 101 ACT Soft Skills training with CareerWorks and then train with the Parker Professional Driving School for their CDL.

Work readiness & Customer Service – Career Ready 101 ACT Soft Skills done at CareerWorks prior to going to Parker

Customer Service Training

Using the web-based ACT Soft Skills Suite curriculum, Career Works staff will guide the trainees through the Customer Service training module followed by a test. In addition, trainees will receive resume preparation and interviewing practice.

CDL Class A for the Commercial Driver & CDL Class B for the Commercial Driver – Parker Professional Driving School

Basic Operation

  • Orientation
  • Control Systems
  • Vehicle Inspection
  • Basic Control
  • Shifting
  • Backing
  • Drop & Hook (Class A only)
  • Proficiency Development

Safe Operating Practices

  • Visual Search
  • Communication
  • Speed Management
  • Space Management
  • Night Operation
  • Extreme Driving Conditions
  • Safe Operating Procedures

Advanced Operating Practices

  • Hazard Perception
  • Emergency Maneuvers
  • Skid Control & Recovery

Vehicle Maintenance

  • Vehicle Systems
  • Preventive Maintenance & Servicing
  • Diagnosing and Reporting Malfunctions

Non-Vehicle Activities

  • Handling Cargo
  • Cargo Documentation
  • Hours of Service
  • Accident Procedures
  • Trip Planning
  • Public & Employer Relationships

Anticipated Fall Training Dates

June, 2016

September, 2016

November, 2016

Interested?

Employers

If you are an employer interested in this program you can find out more by emailing Lorraine Albert at lalbert@bawib.org or calling (508) 584-3234 ext. 19

Trainees

If anyone is interested in the training provided by this program you can email Marie Osorio at mosorio@donahue.umassp.edu or by calling (508) 513-3406