Bridging the Gap Between the Trucking Industry and Workforce
Elite Trade Academy is an educational institution based in Dallas, Texas that trains
individuals to obtain skills for high-demand occupations or employment.
We are proud to announce our flagship program: CDL Entry Level Truck Driver Training.
To empower individuals to seek lucrative careers in trades, and impact the lives of individuals who may feel as though they have run out of options to create a better future for themselves.
During the 2020 pandemic, truck drivers were key essential workers during the lockdown. But despite truck drivers being needed more than ever, there is a huge national shortage that has been going on for years.
Trucking companies have not been able to find new drivers to keep up with the demand of the $700 Billion dollar truck driving industry.
One major cause of this truck driver shortage is that the average age of a truck driver is 55 years old. Many are retiring and aging out of the industry.
According to the American Trucking Association, there will be a need to hire over a million new drivers within the next decade.
Starting on February 7th, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will require any individual looking to obtain their CDL, to complete and pass Entry-level Driver Training through an approved program that is in compliance with the new requirements.
This will cause a decline in available programs in the $278 million dollar truck driving school industry, and impact an industry that is already dealing with a substantial shortage of labor.
Many schools in Texas alone have a waitlist for individuals looking to obtain their CDL that is 3 months long.
At Elite Trade Academy, we are providing high quality entry-level driver training and curriculum with virtual and hands-on components, including driver safety, that have already been approved by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association.
After each student obtains their CDL, they are able to work with our team of recruiters to assist them with finding employment or launching their trucking business.
Along with the required curriculum, each student will receive financial and entrepreneurial education to better assist them with creating a thriving career in the trucking industry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Due to the current demand for trucker drivers, and our unique advantage to meet the demands of new industry standards, we are beginning with CDL truck driving training as our flagship program.
Only for the first year. Currently, we are planning to expand to teach many more trades than trucking, including and medical coding and computer programming.
We are looking to raise funds to officially launch our flagship CDL program in Dallas, Texas to complete the location renovations, obtain equipment, to staff over 20-30 employees and begin our marketing efforts to enroll students
You can invest in ETA on our WeFunder page here.
Elite Trade Academy will follow local and federal CDC guidelines to protect students and staff from COVID-19.
Yes, driver safety will be thoroughly covered and emphasized as an utmost importance in order to help keep our future drivers and others on the road safe.