Thursday, December 15, 2011

Schneider National sets intermodal training site

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Green Bay, Wis.-based Schneider National said Wednesday that it will open its new Intermodal Training Academy next month in Chicago, strategically placed “within one of the busiest railroad regions in the United States.” “Given the exponential growth of its Intermodal division, Schneider National is excited to announce the opening …

at 3600 Kostner Avenue in Chicago,” a spokeswoman for the company told Railway Age. “Schneider’s new specialized training program, which is strategically located within one of the busiest railroad regions in the U.S., will focus exclusively on the safe driving habits and needs that are specifically associated with intermodal driving and rail ramp operations.”

Driver associates who participate in Schneider’s new training program will receive $400 in training and orientation pay upon completing a four-day curriculum, which includes classroom learning, a rail yard tour, and in-truck training with an instructor, the spokeswoman said.

“Schneider’s training and on-boarding program is recognized throughout the industry for its focus on safe driving habits and driver preparedness,” said Don Aiken, vice president of Intermodal for Schneider National. “With the growth in our Intermodal division, we saw the opportunity to develop a new training curriculum focused exclusively on the safe driving habits and needs that are specifically associated with intermodal driving and rail ramp operations. Our focus on preparing highly trained, safe drivers will remain; however, we will do so in a specialized manner tailoring to the type of work that a driver makes his or her career in.” 

The company says it is currently hiring 160 local and regional intermodal drivers in select areas of the U.S.