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City of Billings introduces new Entry-Level Driver Training Program

Billings, Montana – The City of Billings Public Works Department is taking a significant step forward in enhancing its workforce development with the introduction of a new Entry-Level Driver Training Program (ELDT) for those seeking to obtain their Commercial Driver License (CDL). This pioneering initiative is designed not just to streamline the process of acquiring a CDL but also to offer a myriad of benefits including cost savings, increased efficiency, and improved job satisfaction among new hires.

A Cost-Effective Approach to Driver Training

Jake Barnhart, who has taken on the role of the inaugural CDL Trainer for the program, highlighted the strategic benefits of this in-house training scheme. Montana, notably the last state to align with the 2017 federal entry-level driver training requirements, now offers a unique opportunity for CDL applicants through the City of Billings. This program stands out by removing the financial burden typically associated with obtaining a CDL, which traditionally could range between $1,500 and $5,000 at third-party facilities and involve a three-month training period.

Barnhart emphasized the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the city’s approach. “If you get hired by the city and you come through our program, it doesn’t cost you a dime,” he stated. This approach not only eliminates the hefty fees associated with external training programs but also ensures that new hires remain engaged and employed throughout their training period. By keeping the training in-house, the City of Billings aims to enhance retention rates and create a more cohesive working environment.

The program is in its final stages of instructor training, with expectations set for it to be fully operational by late March. Applicants looking to join the City of Billings can look forward to this comprehensive and cost-free training program, which promises to set a new standard in CDL training and employment practices within the public works sector.

Mason Clark

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