J.B. Hunt Fulfilling Mission to Hire 10,000 Veterans by 2020

May 26 2017

J.B. Hunt’s military Veteran hiring team is determined to do their part in reaching the company-wide initiative to hire 10,000 Veterans by 2020. No matter a Veteran’s driving experience, qualified candidates who participate in the Hunt’s Heroes  apprenticeship program are hired and trained for civilian careers in local or regional truck driving.

The Hunt’s Heroes hiring team often partakes in job fairs on military bases to discuss truck driving careers with transitioning service members but now, they are going a significant step further – they arrive with the mission to hire, often for open positions near the base. The team has partnered with J.B. Hunt representatives from surrounding accounts who are looking for Veterans to fill their positions in driving, installation, maintenance and management. The representatives are given the opportunity to do onsite interviews with candidates, and if they are the right fit for J.B. Hunt, present them with conditional offers of employment.

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This newly executed mission has already rendered great results for service members and J.B. Hunt – 6 solid hires and 6 candidates are currently moving through the final hiring process. The new employees are due to fill the following positions – CDL A drivers, delivery installation specialists, maintenance and a manager in training.

Once a Veteran has accepted an offer of employment as a CDL A driver or a delivery installation specialist, they begin their journey through the Hunt’s Heroes apprenticeship program. The process involves attending orientation, truck driving school (for CDL A drivers) and behind-the-wheel training at their new account.

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Service member accepting J.B. Hunt’s conditional offer of employment.

To further opportunity and alleviate the cost of driving school, J.B. Hunt has joined efforts with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and was recently awarded the Arkansas Expands Apprenticeship (AREA) Grant. With AREA grant funds, qualified candidates can attend driving school at a greatly reduced price – translating into an additional 50 Veteran hires in the next 12 months.

This month, the first three Veteran AREA grant recipients – Andy, Eric and Jonathan- began their education at the Mid-America Truck Driving School located on the campus of Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale, Arkansas. Once they finish school, the new drivers will proceed to their assigned J.B. Hunt accounts and undergo training with an experienced company driver who is also a Veteran.

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AREA Grant recipients and Hunt’s Heroes military Veteran drivers – Eric, Jonathan and Andy.

AREA grant recipient and Army Veteran Andy understands that hard work and behind-the-scenes collaboration make programs like the Hunt’s Heroes apprenticeship possible. “Partnering with the school and for people to take the time to apply for the grant and actively seek Veterans to join the program and wanting to help people out, it’s really good,” he said. “I’m happy to be a part of something people at the top to the bottom want to be a part of… Everybody has been above board and honest and has treated everyone with respect. It can’t get any better. I’m just happy!”

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Are you interested in being the next Veteran to enter the Hunt’s Heroes program and begin a rewarding civilian career in truck driving? Give our military hiring team a call at 1-800-207-6097 or fill out a short form online.

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