In another sign of how companies are dealing with the tight job market, a major environmental services company has opened its own technology training institute in southwest Dallas, offering free, paid training to students for 12 weeks before starting work. hire full-time graduates at one of its sites. at national scale.
Phoenix-based Republic Services, which offers recycling and waste management services from 180 local business units across DFW and the United States, yesterday opened the Republic Services Technical Institute at 4970 S. Merrifield Road in Dallas. , an $18 million, 76,000 square foot, “state of the art” facility.
Republic calls their new offering “the industry’s first-ever diesel technician training program,” developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor and Lincoln Tech, a leader in post-secondary education for the skilled trades. The company is actively recruiting students across Texas and the United States who are ready to relocate to Dallas for the 12-week training program.
“Our country is facing a critical shortage of skilled technicians that has only worsened as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Lincoln Tech President and CEO Scott Shaw said in a statement. communicated. “As a leader in vocational training for 75 years, Lincoln Tech is thrilled to partner with Republic Services to close the skills gap with this comprehensive hands-on diesel training program. In order to compete and grow, businesses across the country will need to become more involved in developing their workforce and Republic Services is clearly demonstrating its leadership and commitment in this area.
Free tuition, transportation, and accommodation will be provided by Republic Services to all who qualify, and students will be fully compensated for their 12 weeks of instruction.
When students graduate, they will be offered full-time jobs in one of Republic’s business units in 45 states across the country, joining the company’s other 35,000 current employees.
The training is offered to those who do not have prior training in diesel maintenance. From February 2022, a 4-week program will be offered at the institute for graduates of technical schools.
Diesel Trucks Will Dominate America’s Roads For Years To Come
Dallas Innovates often covers cutting-edge stories about electric or autonomous vehicles being piloted in Dallas-Fort Worth, like Amazon’s Rivian EV minivans in Fort Worth, Aurora’s Robotaxis in Dallas, Gatik’s autonomous trucking center at AllianceTexas, and Waymo Via’s Robot Truck Racing from Houston to Fort Worth.
But this story from Republic Services is a reminder that traditional diesel trucks will be rolling on American roads for many years to come, and they’ll need diesel technicians to keep them running.
According to the Diesel Technology Forum, approximately 75% of all commercial vehicles are powered by diesel engines, and 97% of the largest Class 8 trucks are powered by a diesel engine.
That’s why a shortage of qualified diesel technicians worries companies like Republic Services, and why it’s now done something about it.
Facing a ‘national shortage of diesel technology’
The main reason for launching the technical institute: “a national shortage of diesel technology”. Republic cites a Department of Labor statistic that shows only 0.3% of the total workforce in the United States has completed an apprenticeship. By providing such training itself, the company hopes to gain an advantage in both hiring and retaining skilled workers.
Graduates will receive a competitive salary, flexible medical and dental insurance options, 401(k) benefits and paid time off, the company says.
The Work: Ongoing Maintenance and Critical Fleet Repairs
Full-time jobs will focus on the ongoing maintenance and critical repairs of Republic’s diesel-powered truck fleet.
“The Republic Services Tech Institute is an investment in both our current employees and the employees of tomorrow, further demonstrating our commitment to being where the best people come to work,” said Jon Vander Ark, president and CEO of Republic Services management, in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming these new graduates who will contribute to our highly skilled workforce, increasing the reliability and consistency of our customer experience. “
“Ambitious diversity goals”
Republic says it’s targeting a pool of candidates who will expand its already inclusive and diverse workforce, helping the company meet its “ambitious” diversity goals. Interns will include veterans looking to re-enter the civilian workforce, recent high school graduates, and people from disadvantaged areas.
“Republic has a long-standing commitment to building strong communities,” said Sumona De Graaf, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Republic. “These are new, non-entry-level jobs designed to help boost local economies and fill the nationwide shortage of highly skilled technicians.”
For more information about the program or to apply, people can visit here.
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