They're up for grabs with five major trucking companies.
The only catch is that drivers must complete the Truck Driver Training Pilot Initiative.
The Department of Workforce Services in partnership with the Arkansas Workforce Centers, Arkansas State University at Newport and the Arkansas Trucking Association resumed the initiative last fall.
Tuition and related training expenses are covered for applicants who qualify, complete a four-week training course at the Commercial Driver Training Institute at ASU-Newport, and remain on the job for at least one year.
Five Arkansas companies - Maverick USA, Schneider National, Stallion Transportation Group, Tyson Foods and Willis Shaw Express - expect to hire graduates at wages exceeding $35,000 the first year.
"We want to remind Arkansans that we have a commitment from five leading trucking companies to hire drivers," said DWS Director Artee Williams.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 683 projected annual openings for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers in Arkansas for 2011 through 2013.
In order to ensure the best qualified candidates are chosen for the program, the selection process is very thorough. It involves successfully completing the KeyTrain instruction, which is part of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate process, as well as the JOBehaviors Long Haul Truck Driver aptitude assessment.
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