Giving back, one hero at a time. Swift is offering 1,000 Full Truck Driving Academy Scholarships to Veterans.
Swift Transportation Co. Inc.(NYSE:SWFT), www.joinswift.com, is celebrating the men and women of the armed forces by offering them a new career in trucking. Swift is committed to providing career opportunities for the heroes of our country, by providing 1,000 full scholarships to Veterans to attend a Swift Academy of their choice. The transportation leader is offering full scholarships to veterans with a 1-year commitment, as well as a $1,000 tuition discount to Selective Reserves and National Guard with a 1-year commitment.
“At Swift, we are happy to honor and celebrate the bravery and courage of our U.S. veterans. We believe these men and women deserve the utmost respect from all of us, and we want to help those who might be interested in a truck driving career,” said Scott Barker, Vice President Safety, Recruiting and Driver Development.
Barker says former military personnel are a great fit for Swift because their values and work ethics align with what the company looks for in quality candidates.
“Veterans are used to working in teams and with a high degree of trust for each other,” says Barker. “They are also used to adapting to change and treating each other with respect.These are all core values for Swift. In addition, just assafety is a key cultural value for Swift, the military instillsa value of safety from day one of training.”
Through the Swift Veterans Scholarship program, the company hopes to gain long-term, dedicated, and loyal Swift family members that can grow and develop as they help Swift on its continuous journey toward Best-in-Class. While Swift has offered partial scholarships to veterans for several years, this is the first time they are offering full scholarships.
Upon training, Swift will place trainees either in over-the-road dedicated or regional driving positions. Barker adds that once an individual gets into the organization and performs effectively, there are opportunities for development into a team driver, dedicated fleet work, and the potential to become a mentor for future new drivers.At Swift, career paths can even lead to office and leadership positions.