Werner is updating all driver ID badges with new barcodes. Badges created after March 24th do not need to be reprinted. Drivers can receive a new badge from the Safety Desk at any of our terminal locations. If drivers can’t make it to a terminal, they can contact their fleet manager or dedicated manager for an alternative plan.
Ten years ago today, Werner Enterprises partnered with the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs to start the industry’s first Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program. The innovative work-based learning program began with 1,043 apprentices with 117 of those using their GI Bill education benefits to invest in a future with Werner.
This apprenticeship is available for any driver with less than 24 months of experience and who is not a trainer or an owner operator. Eligible veterans, veteran spouses and veteran dependents can receive up to $22,555.20 tax-free of their GI Bill education benefits in addition to their normal pay for two years. Applicants do not have to be a veteran to participate in the program.
On June 12, 2015, Werner extended the apprenticeship program from 12 to 24 months and now more than 32,275 drivers have enrolled with over 4,500 using their GI Bill benefits. Werner expects to have its 35,000th total enrollee by year’s end. The success of this program led to other successful apprenticeship efforts at Werner.
In another industry first, Werner launched the first Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship Program in 2015. Partnering again with the Department of Labor, Werner became one of the first ApprenticeshipUSA Leaders. Today, 167 companies have joined ApprenticeshipUSA’s efforts of finding and training dedicated workers to help grow the nation’s economy.
Peterbilt presented their 500,000th truck to Werner Enterprises in honor of its 60th anniversary.
Werner Enterprises hosted a weeklong Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration March 20-26 at its global headquarters and locations nationwide, honoring the commitment and service of all professional drivers who deliver freight safely and efficiently.
“This event is really about something we try to do year-round and that’s to show our professional drivers appreciation for the crucial role these individuals play in supplying goods to our nation,” said President and COO Derek Leathers.
In addition to providing meals and appreciation gifts at all of Werner’s terminals, members of the executive team and associates from Werner’s global headquarters lead discussions about the future of the transportation industry and held question and answer sessions. Of Werner’s 11,750 total associates, more than 9,500 are professional drivers.
Werner Enterprises was recently designated a Best for Vets Employer by the Military Times for the second consecutive year. The publication’s annual list recognizes 75 companies for exemplary hiring efforts and employment benefits for military veterans and spouses.
Werner’s survey-based ranking included several performance areas identified by the Military Times:
· Number of military veteran associates
· Number of 2015 military veteran hires
· Percentage of recruiting budget for military veterans
· Military veteran spouse policies
Since 2011, Werner has hired more than 7,550 military veterans and has pledged to hire 2,000 military veterans in 2016. Since May 2013, Werner has hired more than 400 military veteran spouses.
“We take great pride in our military veteran associates and we will continue to invest in their success here at Werner,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Derek Leathers. “We hope their numbers grow as we continue to expand our methods to support their transition.”
Randy Kraft, Associate Vice President of Terminal Management, invites associates to participate in Werner’s Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration on March 20-26. Throughout the week, Werner executives will visit terminals nationwide to hold discussions and meet with professional drivers. Stay tuned for additional details about upcoming events throughout the network.
Angelo Gibson, AVP of Operations, presented Joseph Colburn Jr., Marvin Fielder, Charles Jennings, Ronald Stevenson and John Williams with awards for their accomplishment. Their professionalism and dedication have delivered more than 115 combined years of safe service.
He was recently honored for that commitment with the 2 million accident-free miles award at the First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony on March 2.
“When being safe, it’s important not to be overconfident,” Williams said. “Always be cautious and consider the big picture.”
Williams lives in Bossier, Louisiana. He enjoys watching football and is a fan of the New Orleans Saints.
It’s that dedication that helped him earn the 2 million accident-free miles award at the March 2 First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.
“We appreciate the support and recognition,” Stevenson said.
Stevenson is a resident of Garland, Texas, and has driven for Werner for 25 years. A Navy veteran, Stevenson enjoys working on his car in his free time.
It’s his experience and safety commitment that helped him achieve the 2 million accident-free miles award at the First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony on March 2.
“Drive for yourself, your family and the public,” Jennings said. “Be safe for yourself and for everyone around you.”
Jennings is an Army veteran. He enjoys playing pool and fishing in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida.