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EZ Wheels Driving School Approved by New Jersey Workforce

The EZ Way Out of Unemployment

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It’s the longest four-letter word: Unemployment.  And for millions of Americans, the job hunt drags on for more than a year.  For those with a high school degree or less, it’s even harder to find new work.  And too often, the replacement job will pay less than the lost job.

The people at EZ Wheels Driving School know all of that.  And they know it doesn’t have to be that way.

“We work with the Workforce here in New Jersey,” explains an EZ Wheels office supervisor.  The driving and forklift school is approved by the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development to retrain New Jersey citizens and get them back into the workforce.

“I get calls everyday from trucking companies looking to hire,” says one employee, “And if someone comes to our school through any of the One-Stop Career Centers run by the state, they can get their commercial driver license paid for by the state.”

These One-Stop Career Centers offer financial aid to folks who’ve lost their jobs “to help you develop the skills needed to succeed in a 21st century work environment” according to the Workforce website.

And although times change, the 21st century needs the same thing the 20th century needed: commercial drivers.

The EZ Way Out of Unemployment and Into Work

“Man, I really thought I’d never make more than minimum wage,” says Clive Carter, a 35-year old New Jersey native who worked at a fabric store until the family-owned business where he’d worked since high school shut its doors.  

“I did whatever needed to be done…mop floors, make deliveries, unload boxes,” Clive remembers, “but when the store closed, I couldn’t find anything but part-time minimum wage jobs and no benefits.”

He ended up at EZ Wheels Driving School when a One-Stop Career Center counselor told Clive how much money he could make as a commercial truck or bus driver.
 
“My eyes lit up,” Clive chuckles, “I never thought I could ever make that much money in a year…at least not without three jobs!”

Still unsure about how hard it would be to get a commercial driver license, the unemployed Clive decided to stop by the Passaic office of EZ Wheels Driving School and liked what he saw:

“They were all so friendly and explained how I could study at my pace, and that the instructors would work with me one on one when it was time for me to practice driving,” says Clive, “so I figured, with Workforce paying for it, this is my best chance to move up in my life.”

Today, Clive is a proud holder of a Class B Commercial Driver License and a full-time Charter Bus Driver for a private company, making close to $50,000 a year.

“I love meeting new people every day, and I love working hard…but now, my paycheck lets me live a better life. I’m more comfortable, more relaxed, and honestly, I’m proud of myself,” says Clive, who admits “I thought I’d always work at the fabric store, and I was okay with that. But losing that job opened me up to the possibilities out there.”

Smiling, the New Jersey native figures losing his job and finding EZ Wheels Driving School “must’ve been my blessing in disguise.”

The Toll Unemployment Takes

It’s not just a financial hit.  For the unemployed, the toll also comes in the form of emotional distress, stress-induced health problems and the increasing difficulty of getting a new job the longer the unemployment period drags on.

“I’ve seen people transform after graduating from EZ Wheels,” says the recruitment liaison, “it’s incredible to see the look on their faces when I’ve told these guys I’ve got a job waiting for them. It’s like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders.”

“No one who can drive,” confirms Clive, “ever has to be unemployed. I’m your proof.”

DRIVERS WITH COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSES

When we catch up with EZ Wheels Driving School’s recruitment liaison, we find someone single-handedly trying to fill the non-stop appetite of the trucking industry for drivers…  “I have so many companies looking for drivers with a commercial driver license,” he says, “that we have three job fairs this week alone, and I still can’t get as many drivers as companies need.”

A field that pays well and desperately needs new recruits?
“I tell you,” says one office manager, “there are companies practically begging for drivers…both large and small companies.  We even post job openings on our Facebook page.”

In an era when all you hear about are layoffs or dropping wages, the field of commercial truck driving is booming.  So when EZ Wheels Driving School says it offers job placement services, it means it.  From local driving to cross-country hauls, EZ Wheels always knows about job openings.  After nearly 20 years in business, the school has developed relationships with scores of companies, local and national, and recruiters routinely call the school, hoping to fill open positions.

“Our need is for Class A drivers, especially in the busy summer season,” says Tom J., a recruiter for a soda company who needs drivers willing to off-load by hand: “Ours is pretty physically demanding.”

For Xavier T., it’s all about finding “someone who is dedicated and wants to go for it. It’s not hard, but it’s not easy. It’s about responsibility.”  A graduate of EZ Wheels himself, the business owner enjoys working with his old school to find potential drivers for his company: “I really like them. They help you a lot.”

EZ Wheel Driving School hosts a job fair at least twice a month, with recruiters coming out to one of EZ’s five New Jersey locations, looking for graduates or soon-to-be-graduates.

“I was driving to Philadelphia the day after graduating,” says Pedro V., who got his Class A Commercial Driver License after attending EZ Wheels for 10 weeks.  “I was literally sitting in the EZ Wheels office when they got a call from the guy who ended up hiring me,” says Pedro, who left his job managing an auto parts shop for a trucking career.

“Whenever one job has finished up, I’ve called EZ Wheels and the ladies at the office connect me with a new job,” says Rick P., who prefers driving freelance assignments to a full-time job with any one company, “I like to be able to take time off and decide when and where I want to drive,” he explains, “and the fact that EZ Wheels has so many connections to job recruiters is great for us graduates. They’re always happy to help us out.”

Job fairs and online job postings are just two of the ways EZ Wheels Driving School sets itself apart from its competition.  Because it’s not just about helping you get a CDL, it’s about offering job placement that will help you get to work and on the road to success.

Western Express CDL JOBS

April 22nd, 2015 No Comments

ATTENTION ALL EZ WHEELS DRIVING SCHOOL STUDENTS PAST & PRESENT
We are lucky to have the Recruiter from Western Express coming to our locations as part of our Job Placement Program. Check the location for times,
When: Tuesday April 28th 2015

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Woodbridge area branch at 10am
171 New Brunswick Avenue, Hopelawn, NJ 08861
Phone (732)376-9500

Elizabeth area branch at 1pm
230 Commerce Place. Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Phone (908)441-9500

Passaic area branch at 3pm
954 Main Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055
Phone (973)470-0190

Union City area branch at 5pm
1518 Summit Avenue, Union City, NJ 07087
Phone (201)864-3600

A GI Bill letter pertains to the Fry Scholarship

November 4th, 2014 No Comments

October 28, 2014

Colleagues and Fellow Veterans,

We need your help getting the word out to eligible spouses of fallen Service members. This may be a bit longer than most notes, but we want to make sure you have as much information as we have.

The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”) was recently signed into law. Most of the Act pertains to Veterans health care but it also included two provisions affecting GI Bill® benefits. This note pertains to the Fry Scholarship; my next note will talk about in-state tuition.
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CDL Training Schools Job Placement

August 12th, 2014 No Comments

Job Placement

We are proud of our success stories.

The best CDL training schools job placement programs focus on their students continued success. We work with the best companies in the industry. We have established the strongest bonds with many respected carriers and we offer our students a lifetime commitment to assisting them find the right opportunities for their career.

Whether you are interested in working for the biggest companies in the industry or prefer a smaller carrier. Your interests may be to drive trucks over the open road and cross county or you may prefer to be more regional or just want to stay local. We know where the jobs are. They are often waiting for you to complete your training and licensing. The carriers know are students are ready and well prepared. The Demand is there for good drivers.

To learn more about our job placement program click here

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Sixth Annual Veterans Job Fair in Newark, NJ

February 21st, 2014 1 Comment

veterans job fairOn Friday, March 21, The GI Go Fund is hosting our Sixth Annual Newark Veterans Job Fair to provide jobs, college opportunities, and benefits to military personnel, veterans, and their families. The event will be from 10 AM to 2 PM at Rutgers-Newark’s Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark, NJ. This event is free for all veterans. Breakfast will be provided at this event from 9 AM to 10 AM.

Due to the passage of the VOW TO HIRE HEROES ACT and the POST 9/11 GI BILL, a vast array of opportunities are available to change veterans’ lives in ways we have not seen since World War II.  Employers can receive up to (more…)

CDL Training Job Placement

January 24th, 2014 No Comments

We are with you every step of the way

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We work with the best companies in the industry. We have established the strongest bonds with many respected carriers and we offer our students a lifetime commitment to assisting them find the right opportunities for their career.

Whether you are interested in working for the biggest companies in the industry or prefer a smaller carrier. Your interests may be to drive trucks over the road and cross county or you may prefer to be more regional or even just locally. We know where the jobs are. They are often waiting for you to complete your training and licensing. The carriers know are students are ready and well prepared. The Demand is there for good drivers.

Each one of our locations can provide assistance with filling out new truck driver applications, preparing you for the interview process as well as developing your presentation skills. Our students leave the school ready to drive. They also leave with the full strength and experience of EZ Wheels Driving School job placement commitment for life.

To find out how our job placement experts can help you with your career stop by any of our locations or call us at:

  • Union City 201-864-3600
  • Passaic 973-470-0190
  • Woodbridge 732-376-9500
  • Elizabeth 908-441-9500

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