Sysco Corporation recently completed a national rollout of its industry-leading training program, launching its 10th professional truck driver training facility since March 2022. The new Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training facilities are now in operation, bolstering the supply chain nationwide.
“We’re proud to be the first foodservice distributor to offer in-house training to existing employees to help them advance their career at Sysco by becoming CDL certified drivers,” said Marie Robinson, Chief Supply Chain Officer. “This industry-leading program will help increase the number of qualified drivers at Sysco and increase the career earnings potential of those trained. We are thrilled with the impact of the program and the benefits it’s providing to our company, to our associates, and to our customers.”
Taught by professional trainers employed by Sysco, the company covers all costs of training, licensing, and certification throughout the program, a press release explained. At the forefront of the program is addressing the driver shortage still prevalent along the supply chain.
“This program strengthens our commitment to train the next generation of safe, professional drivers at Sysco,” said Robinson.
The three-week training program invites each driver candidate to learn, practice, and master all necessary fundamentals needed to attempt a state CDL exam, as well as training on the “Sysco Way” of operating. After graduating and obtaining a CDL, each qualified driver will be offered a position as a Delivery Partner at Sysco.
Sysco launched its in-house Operations Academy in March 2022 and has trained nearly 5,000 colleagues in new, standardized programs for its newly hired warehouse selectors, licensed drivers, and existing supervisors.
Excitement for strength and resilience along the supply chain is abundant, and Deli Market News will keep an eye on the wire for the latest.