Recruiting And Retaining Women In Trucking

  • Recruiting And Retaining Women In Trucking

    Recruiting And Retaining Women In Trucking

    Goods need to be moved across the country, every day, within cities, every day, and locally, every single day. Today, it is too easy to simply click a button and order something. Amazon, Walmart, any shop at the mall – they all have websites with online shopping. The fact that you don’t have to leave the house to make a purchase makes it that much easier. And with more orders for goods, somebody will have to haul the freight and make deliveries.


    Without enough skilled truck drivers customers will see delayed deliveries for goods, and higher prices for the same goods. Much of what we use in our daily life depends on a truck for delivery, and it is the drivers that make sure the load gets to where it needs to be.


    In order to make sure there are enough qualified truck drivers, trucking companies are hoping to appeal to millennials and women – two groups that are underrepresented in the trucking industry. The addition of women could help ensure deliveries are made when and where they need to be.


    An Untapped Labor Force

    Women make up about half of all US workers. But women only make up 6% of trucking industry workers over the past 20 years. So women are a huge, untapped labor force trucking companies want to reach. Retaining even a small percentage could greatly help the company they work for.  In the past, the women who have gotten into trucking often did so because a family member worked in trucking. Companies are encouraging current workers to recruit their family members. Companies are also trying to offer women flexible hours, so they can still tend to families, if that is what is the driving force keeping them away from trucking.


    So, if you are thinking about good reasons why you should train for your CDL and become a truck driver, here are just a few of the reasons you should consider trucking.  However, it is not a profession for everyone – so we have narrowed down the reasons CDL trucking could be the perfect opportunity for you!


    Local Driving and Dedicated Routes


    Dedicated truck driving may be an option for women who are looking for a more flexible and predictable schedule, with more home time than traditional over the road trucking. Women may also choose to look for local driving opportunities, or request a dedicated route, which can give a more steady schedule. Women may consider choosing a day-to-day route for smaller radius of travel. Dedicated drivers build relationship with their customers.


    Is it Hard to Earn a CDL License and Become a Trucker?


    Training for a commercial driver’s license, or a CDL, is possible with NETTTS CDL training program! NETTTS CDL training gives hand-on experience, where experienced trucking industry professionals will educate you, both in the classroom and on the road in a vehicle similar to the one you will be driving.


    Truck Driving Certifications from NETTTS

    NETTTS Class A CDL training, Class B CDL training and HVACR training programs are open and welcoming to anyone looking for new career training. We would love to see more women join our program! If you have been thinking about training for your CDL, apply with us at NETTTS! Call NETTTS at (800) 542-0009 or find out more online today. NETTTS offers Class A and B CDL Training Programs in and around the following states: Pawtucket, RI, North Andover, MA, Bridgeport, CT, and Hartford/Springfield MA.  

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    Sarah Packer

    Sarah Packer

    NETTTS Director of Career Services, Sarah Packer brings over 15 years’ recruiting and employment experience. Sarah’s previous experience includes serving as a Recruiter for a Health Care company and managing a Human Resources and recruiting team. Sarah is very passionate about assisting our students obtain employment after graduation. Sarah has assisted over 1,000 students obtain employment since she started here at NETTTS.

    Comments (2)

    • Loralyn Geggatt

      I am a woman and have always wanted to drive tractor trailers. I am wondering though, are their height requirements as i am just 5ft. i should also mention i am currently in my 40s.

      • Justin Wasserback

        Hi, we’d love to talk to you further about our training programs and share more about driving tractor trailers. Send us an email to connect at, thanks!


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