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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.”


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.

Need a job? Want a Career? The Demand for Truck Drivers is HIGH

July 23rd, 2015 No Comments

We talked about it before. The demand for truck drivers is still high. Even before our students finish their training, they have recruiters from the major carriers offering them wonderful opportunities. This is an incredible time.

If you find yourself without work or want to trade in your job for a new career this is the time to act. What a wonderful chance to take care of your family, take care of yourself. You get to choose your path. Will you be a driver that travels the country or stay local? Do you want to relocate? These are all possibilities. The best part, in a few short weeks these dreams turn into reality. For us here at EZ Wheels Driving School, there is nothing more rewarding then to see people of all races, religions and genders come to our school and leave with fulfilling careers. We have so many success stories. It really makes us feel good.

The demand for trucker drivers is expected to grow by 21 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The U.S. trucking industry is expected to create more than 330,000 jobs by the end of the decade. This expected growth coupled with current driver retirements, recent regulations and competition from other sources, will put driving jobs in high demand. Trucking companies are motivated to find new drivers and are becoming more aggressive in trying to retain their current employees by offering bonuses, pay incentives and better working conditions.
During this period, the trucking industry is expected to create more jobs than all but seven other occupations including registered nurses (711,900 additional jobs), retail sales workers (706,800 jobs), home health aides (706,300 jobs), personal care aides (607,000 jobs) and office and other clerks (489,500).

The demand for truck drivers includes
Long-Haul Drivers
• Heavy Duty Operators
• Hazardous Material
• Delivery Driver’s
• Fork lift operators

As many sectors of the job market still struggle, a career as a truck driver may be just the ticket to get you on track. Here are some other reasons why a career as a truck driver is appealing.

Excellent Pay

Since well-trained truck drivers are in such high demand across the country, new drivers are able to enjoy high starting wages. As drivers gain more experience behind-the-wheel, they can earn even better pay.

Job Security

Truck driving is ideal for individuals who want to be able to move around the country and always find a job. Skilled and safe drivers will always find steady employment since transportation services are in high demand.
Complete Coverage Many trucking companies offer complete health benefits including vision, dental, and worker’s compensation insurance for truck drivers and their families.

Signing Bonuses

To attract new truck drivers, many companies offer signing bonuses as much as $5,000 in addition to substantial starting wages.

To become a commercial driver in the state of NJ

You must get or already have a basic New Jersey Driver License first.
There are different Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL) classes depending on the commercial vehicle that you will be driving¬. Each CDL class has its own regulations.

From the State of NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
Class A includes

• Tractor trailers
• Any truck and trailer combination with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds – provided that the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is more than 10,000 pounds
• Any vehicle in B, C or D categories, if you have qualified for the proper extra endorsements

Class B includes

• Any vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds
• A vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds towing a trailer with a GVWR of less than 10,000 pounds
• A bus with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including driver)
• Vehicles in Class C and D categories – provided you have qualified for the proper extra endorsements

Class C includes

• Any vehicle with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds used to transport hazardous material (with mandatory placard)
• Any bus designed to carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver) and with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds
• School vehicles designed for 15 passengers or less (including the driver)
• Any bus or vehicle used for hire and designed to transport eight to 15 passengers (including the driver)

This is an exciting time to start a career as a truck driver. We will even show you how to become a truck driver.

For more information on our Truck Driver Training CLICK HERE.

Truck Driving School – Let Your CDL Training Start Now

August 14th, 2013 No Comments
Truck Driving SchoolThere are many reasons that people decide to get into the truck driving business. Studies consistently show that trucking is the most common mode of freight transportation in the United States, and in North America, so one reason to get into the business is that there are almost always many lucrative jobs available in trucking. For other people, a career in trucking represents a life of adventure and travel, a chance to see new places, meet new people and deliver much-needed goods. There are yet others who just cannot resist the call of the open road, and the chance to operate a large, modern piece of machinery up and down the highways. No matter what one’s reason is for pursuing a career in the trucking industry, it all starts with CDL training at truck driving school. Ahead is a brief guide on what to expect when applying for and training in truck driving school.

What is a CDL?

  • CDL stands for commercial driver license, which is required for anyone who wants to drive a truck. There are three classes of CDL – A, B and C – which allow drivers to operate different types of vehicles. There are also extra endorsements available, which can allow drivers to transport hazardous materials, drive trucks with tanks, and drive double or triple trailer trucks, among other things.

What are the qualifications to attend truck driving school?

  • Almost all schools will require registrants to possess either a high school diploma or GED. Though a diploma or GED is the main requirement to enter truck driving school, it’s important to note that there are some fairly strict requirements for obtaining a trucking job. Most companies will only take drivers with strong driving records, so it’s vital for aspiring truckers to keep their records clean. Felony convictions can also cause problems, although they are typically handled on a case-by-case basis and a driver can get a job if they are far removed from the time the felony occurred.

What is truck driving school like?

  • Though the main goal of truck driving school is to prepare students to pass the CDL test, there is much other training involved. Students generally begin with classroom training, learning important information about how the industry works, how do the job properly, how to inspect one’s truck and keep a logbook, and how to abide by federal regulations, among other things. The other part of the training is all about how to operate a truck safely and efficiently. Students will receive hands-on training in every important area of trucking.

How long does truck driving school take?

  •   Typical truck driver training lasts anywhere from three to six weeks, culminating in a trip to the DMV to take the CDL exam.

What is the CDL exam like?

  •  Prospective test takers must be at least 21 and have a current non-commercial license. The CDL exam tests every aspect of the potential driver’s skills. There is a written portion of the test, a portion dedicated to the pre-trip inspection that the trucker must perform, a yard skills test that examines the driver’s ability to maneuver a truck in tight spaces and a road test that examines general driving skills. Safety is of utmost concern in all areas of the CDL test.

Once one successfully completes the CDL exam, a world of employment opportunities will await. Truckers are almost always in demand, and are rarely unemployed. On top of that, trucking can be a very lucrative career choice, especially once one gains some experience in the field. Just remember, it all starts with truck driving school.

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