At Melton, we tried hiring students 15 years ago. After a trial period, we refocused our efforts on recruiting more experienced drivers. However, recently, as we increase efforts to grow our premier flatbed fleet, we are accepting recent graduates to train with the very best of our experienced Melton drivers.
The main Truck Driving School training deficiency is preparing the students for the lifestyle. In addition, we find that the families aren’t prepared for the extensive on the job training and over the road lifestyle. As a company creating our own professional drivers, we have to fill this gap.
We have carefully reconstructed our student training program. We find our student candidates to be enthusiastic and are extremely safety conscious. Our exceptional training staff spends extra time with our recent graduates to equip our new drivers with the extra tools they need to be successful on the road.
To educate and embrace our drivers’ families, we are creating an outreach program to familiarize them with the expectations of our job and ways they can help maximize their driver’s success. This program will include an online Melton Orientation for families, and access to a community for driver spouses and loved ones that want to support and help each other. We have a private Spouse Facebook page.
This remarkable group of ladies and family members remind me of military families – they staunchly support their driver and ‘bleed blue’. They have learned how to balance life at home with life over the road — and are ready to share what they’ve learned.
At Melton, we also realize one of the best ways to insure we recruit the most elite CDL student’s graduates are to pay our drivers well! We have done a number of surveys and have positioned ourselves in the top 1% of pay and benefits nationally to attract the best and brightest to join our team. Click here to view more information about Melton Driver’s Benefits.
In the next few years, we will find driver hiring increasingly challenging. I am happy that we are paving our way to develop our own workforce and teach these new drivers the “Melton Way”.