FFE Transportation Services Inc. on Monday, Jan. 31, announced the grand opening of FFE Driver Academy in Fort Worth, Texas. Licensed and accredited by the Texas Workforce Commission, the academy will provide comprehensive training for individuals with no prior tractor-trailer experience.
FFE says the curriculum includes all the required information and training necessary to acquire a ‘Class A’ Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and also provides classroom instruction on food safety and cold chain compliance to ensure each student develops the professional skills necessary to operate safely and maintain FFE customer service expectations.
“We are very proud of our Academy staff and new facility,” says John Hickerson, executive vice president and chief operating officer of FFE Transportation Services Inc. “Our vision was to establish a best-in-class student program and career succession opportunity. It is very gratifying to offer entry-level candidates the most affordable opportunity to become a highly skilled and successful professional driver or owner-operator. The FFE Driver Academy is a core strategic initiative as we continue to grow our capacity to meet the increasing demands of our customers.”
Once a prospect has completed the tuition-free course, the drivers begin working within the company. Graduates will go into the company’s driver training program for specific over-the-road training with certified FFE driver trainers. Upon successful completion of training, the trainee will be upgraded to a first-seat driver. After four months of satisfactory performance as a company driver, FFE provides an opportunity to start his, or her, own business as an owner-operator partner.