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Posted on: May 16, 2019

New job training, full-time work plus health benefits at a leading employer

Norfolk Works, the job skills training program at Tidewater Community College, and Hampton Roads Transit have joined forces on a unique career readiness initiative

New job training, full-time work plus
health benefits at a leading employer
  
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Norfolk, VA – It’s not often that free job training comes along with the added opportunity for full-time employment and health insurance benefits at an employer of choice.

But the red-hot demand for professional drivers has led to a unique regional partnership that hopes to jump start applications for careers as professional drivers.

Norfolk Works, the job skills training program at Tidewater Community College, and Hampton Roads Transit have joined forces on a unique career readiness initiative designed to boost qualified applicants in the transit business who may otherwise face barriers to full employment.

The DriveNOW program, available to Norfolk residents only, seeks citizens who want a stable career in transportation but may face challenges with obtaining employment for various reasons. 
 
By partnering with the Norfolk Works and Tidewater Community College, HRT hopes to train residents for transit careers while also building a diverse talent pool in Norfolk as the current group of qualified drivers prepare to retire or move to other careers.
 
This is the first time TCC, Norfolk Works and HRT are collaborating on an industry specific job training program. It's modeled to a similar workforce incentive in Charlottesville which has trained over 70 professional drivers for its transit system.

Applicants do not have to be enrolled at TCC, nor do they pay any fees when signing up for the program.
 
Classes will be held Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. TCC’s job skills training program will conduct career development sessions such as life skills, professional appearance enhancement, character education and business communication. Additional occupational training will take place at the downtown Norfolk HRT campus.  Altogether, the training will last approximately nine weeks.
 
The DriveNOW Training program will prepare students to obtain a Commercial Driver's License learner’s permit, provide a uniform allowance and provide career readiness. Once hired, participants will receive additional on-the-job training to earn a Class B Commercial Driver’s License. After successful completion of the program, participants will be offered full-time employment with HRT as a bus operator.
 
Trainees will be paid $14.55/hour and after graduation, will receive increases until they reach the top rate which is currently $20.76/hour (an annual base salary of $43,243).

For more information, contact https://gohrt.com/drivenow

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