No experience, no problem: PTI doubles down on student drivers

March 10, 2021

During the past six months, the driver shortage has gone from an afterthought to a major constraint on capacity.

Competition for experienced drivers is intense, and to compensate some motor carriers are directing recruiting efforts toward CDL students – even high schoolers.

Paper Transport, Inc. (PTI), a truckload carrier headquartered in De Pere, Wisconsin, has refined its three-week driver finishing program, Accelerator, and opened nearly all jobs to new CDL holders. Currently, about one-third of all driver hires are coming through Accelerator, said PTI Recruiting Operations Manager Mike Ruminski.