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EZ Wheels Driving School Approved by New Jersey Workforce

The EZ Way Out of Unemployment

New Jersey workforce

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.”


March 3rd, 2016 No Comments

The Quiet Rise of Forklift Jobs in America

The Costco Craze — The Nesting Trend — DIY Makeover Mania

Whatever you call it, all the trends point to one hard fact: Warehouse Stores are hot. Whether it’s pallets of tuna fish, paint cans or onesies… shoppers are scooping them up inside giant, cavernous stores.NEED A FORKLIFT

And someone has to put those pallets of merchandise there.

“Think BJs, Walmart, Home Depot, Big Lots, Shop Rite, and every big grocery store,” says one instructor at EZ Wheels Driving School. “They all need forklift operators. Lots of them.”

He should know. The demand for OSHA-Approved Forklift Certification classes at EZ

Wheels Driving School has shot through the roof.

“There are companies that will even pay to send their employees to us,” says the office manager, “So not only will some employees get a free education, they get a pay raise for the new special skill they bring to the job.”

The certification lasts for three years. And if you’re a graduate of EZ Wheels Driving School, you get a bonus: a discount on your recertification.

According to Salary-dot-Com, a Fork Lift Operator in New Jersey and New York typically commands a salary somewhere between $30,069-$38,535.

All it costs to get a Forklift Certificate and access to these jobs? 8 hours of your time and $300.


“Those are the best $300 I ever spent,” said Joe F., who got his certificate at EZ Wheels Driving School after more than 6 months on unemployment. “I gotta be honest,” said the 47-year old New Jersey native, “I was starting to feel pretty worthless. Like I’d never work again.”

After 15 years with the same company, Joe saw his manufacturing job move to China. Just like that, the husband and father of two teens found his skill sets weren’t much in demand in today’s job market.

When things were at their lowest, Joe found a job opening near his home at a warehouse. It “looked interesting” but required forklift certification. That lead him to EZ Wheels Driving School and the lucky break he had prayed for.

“It changed my life,” says Joe. “I get a little emotional thinking about it, but it really did.

The people at EZ Wheels made me feel comfortable at a really uncomfortable time in my life. They made me feel I could be valuable in the workplace again when I felt like I couldn’t provide for my family. They taught me everything I needed to know to operate a forklift. And they basically helped me get my life back on track.”

Today, Joe is not only working a full-time job with benefits, he’s already gotten his first promotion. And he’s eyeballing another.

“I wanna go back to EZ Wheels to get my Class B Commercial Driver License”, he laughs, “This old dog’s not done learning new tricks! My job could bump me up again if I have a CDL, so that’s next.”

It’s the kind of success story that makes EZ Wheels proud: “That,” smiles Joe’s instructor “is what it’s all about.”

Forklift Training the beginning; 4 keys to Safety

September 3rd, 2014 No Comments

Forklift Training

Forklift Training

Forklift training is a critical aspect of operating a forklift safely. EZ Wheels Driving School has offered FORKLIFT TRAINING, OSHA CERITICATION and the classes to acquire a FORKLIFT LISENCE for many years. We provide a real world facility to operate the forklift in, one on one training and class room instruction. Our students are safer and better prepared because of this. From the years of experience we have we wanted to share these 4 keys to begin to look and FORKLIFT SAFETY.


How to get a Forklift Certification

August 25th, 2014 No Comments
How to get forklift certification

How to get a forklift certification. If you are going to be operating a forklift, power industrial lift trucks or both you should be certified to operate this equipment properly. You want to have an OSHA Certification. You want to show the knowledge and skills to use the equipment safely. The best companies require their forklift operators be certified by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). OSHA certification insures that a forklift operator can do his job safely and efficiently.


Forklift Certification, training for safety

October 21st, 2013 No Comments
Forklift certification trainingWhen it comes to the construction business, the more certifications an individual holds the better off they are at landing a job and the more money they are able to demand, as they are often deemed as more valuable than other professionals working in the field. One valuable form of certification is for operating a forklift. Obtaining such a forklift certification is going to ensure the operator is aware of all necessary safety features and regulations, all of which go a long way not only keeping the operator safe but all those around the vehicle as well. This is why knowing and understanding how to practice with the vehicle, where to look for training and what is required for certification is necessary for anyone looking to expand their capabilities in the construction field.

Look For Training Services

For starters, it is necessary to look for a training course. Simply going and attempting to become certified is not a desirable method, as operating a forklift is far different from most other vehicles. If a person current works for a construction firm, many offer an instructor for training purposes. However, if this option does not prove available, there are OSHA-compliant courses throughout the country as well as OSHA Outreach Training Program Courses. These courses are designed to help individuals learn how to operate a forklift, all without requiring direct access to the vehicle. These courses are generally a week long and are good for up to three years.

What is on the forklift certification test?

forklifts-largeTraining for the forklift might vary slightly from region to region, but traditionally, the certification programs include navigation through an obstacle course, and the ability to demonstrate proper use of the forklift controls in order to both lift and lower materials. All of this is on top of tested knowledge regarding safety regulations for using the equipment. In order to pass the forklift certification, an individual needs to pass both the obstacle/forklift control tests and the written safety regulations test.

Obtaining the Forklift Certification

If an employer offers is able to offer our certification cards on their own (in order to do so they must complete an authorized OSHA trainer course). The forklift certification card is going to demonstrate an individual has proven competent with the driving and safety features and, upon completing the forklift certification, they are able to receive the card immediately. There is no necessary waiting periods in order to obtain the license and an individual holding the certification can begin work on the forklift right away.

Renew Certification

On a job site, it is always a good idea for an individual with the forklift certification to carry the card in their wallet. While this is not required, it helps crew managers stay on top of who is able to operate the machinery. This also becomes a liability issue, if someone is operating the forklift which causes an injury, so having this documentation readily available is always a good thing. Additionally, as the certification lasts for three years, it is necessary to go through a refresher course at the conclusion, in order to keep the card current. If an employer is an authorized OSHA trainer, this shouldn’t prove difficult at all, but if not, it is up to the card holder to seek out a new certification exam.

For anyone in the construction business, proving more value to a company improves job stability and also increases pay scale. This is why obtaining specific certifications, including a forklift certification, is such a valuable and vital addition to a resume, as it ultimately improves the certification holder’s value.

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