Highest ranking truckload provider to make the list
Schneider National, Inc., a provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services, announced it has been named to G.I. Jobs’ list of Top 50 Military-Friendly Employers for the third consecutive year. At number 13, Schneider is the highest ranked truckload carrier on the prestigious list.
The sixth annual Top 50 Military-Friendly Employers List recognizes the best of the best in veteran hiring efforts among companies earning more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The entrants are evaluated on criteria including assets dedicated to military recruiting, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, veteran training programs, and company policies toward National Guard and Reserve service. Of the 2,500 corporations eligible, just 2 percent made this year’s list.
‘We are honored to be named a top military-friendly employer by G.I. Jobs for three years running,’ said Mike Hinz, vice president of driver recruitment at Schneider National and a former member of the US Army. ‘These associates are second to none when it comes to exemplifying our core values of safety, integrity, respect and excellence. We’re proud to have them on the Schneider team and equally proud to offer them programs and benefits that guarantee their career success.’
Over the last 12 months, Schneider further solidified its commitment to the military by implementing and expanding a number of key programs:
- Apprenticeship Program:
Former military members with GI Bill benefits are eligible to participate in this one-year program. During this time, the associate is enrolled in a US Department of Labor-certified truck driver apprenticeship program and receives GI educational benefits of up to $1,000 each month. The associate emerges from the program as a certified DOL professional truck driver. Launched in 2007, this program was expanded in 2008 to include drivers entering all Schneider truck driving academies.
- Vetrepreneur Program:
This new program for military veterans is being offered in conjunction with the US Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprise. Under the program, Schneider offers veterans the opportunity to have their training subsidized, using their GI Bill benefits to cover the cost of commercial driver’s license training at Schneider’s Driver Training Academies. In addition, Schneider will provide an Independent Course of Advance Business Standards to vets. This six-month course provides detailed information about operating a small trucking business and provides the owner with a solid foundation of key business skills needed to be successful. Schneider also provides the veteran very competitive financing options toward the purchase of their truck and ongoing business counsel to ensure their continued success (valued at approximately $15,000).
- Army Reserve Employer Partnership:
Launched in September 2008, Schneider National and the Army Reserve work together to recruit, train and employ individuals interested in both serving the nation and pursuing a career in the transportation and logistics industry. Under the program, Schneider guarantees a job interview for all qualified participating soldiers no later than 30 days after completing military occupational training. In addition, Schneider will give priority placement consideration to qualified Army reservists. In turn, the Army Reserve will advise soldiers of Schneider National driver, office, warehouse and maintenance career opportunities.
According to Hinz, approximately 25% of all Schneider associates have a military background ’ including 20% of senior leadership. A full 26 percent of Schneider drivers have military experience.