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Recruit & Retain: Trucking Edition

Jun 19, 2019

Chad discusses a program for recruiting experienced drivers to fill needed roles in the U.S. trucking industry with Rob Peacock, CEO of the Education Training & Technology Exchange Network based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Rob began matching the most experienced South African truck drivers with U.S. companies and owner/operators with a program that launched in 2012.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why the idea of driving in the U.S. appeals to the most experienced drivers in South Africa and elsewhere
  • Why the truck driving industry in South Africa is challenging and sometimes dangerous
  • Employing foreigners to address the shortfall of available drivers in a tight U.S. labor market
  • How to navigate the legal process of hiring foreign drivers with employment-based green cards
  • The excitement and motivation of international drivers getting the opportunity to come to the U.S.
  • How the program grew from an effort to educate South African drivers and foster their entrepreneurial spirit
  • How South African drivers compare to their U.S. counterparts
  • U.S. businesses working with South African drivers applaud their safety record, work ethic, and attitude
  • The adjustments that South African drivers make to adapt to the U.S. trucking industry
  • What is expected from the carriers in order to make this process work smoothly
  • How long to expect the process of bringing foreign workers to the U.S. to take

How to connect with Rob Peacock: