MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions, today announced its partnership with Hiring Our Heroes and FASTPORT to assist veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses in finding great careers in the trucking industry through the Trucking Track Mentoring Program.
The mentoring program serves as a useful tool to provide information about the trucking industry, available positions, and mentors who are ready to assist with recruiting and onboarding efforts. Ryder employees serve as mentors by educating military men and women on the available opportunities to them and providing ongoing career coaching in trucking.
“Veterans possess many of the invaluable skills and qualities we look for at Ryder,” said Patrick Pendergast, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, Ryder. “It is extremely important to us that transitioning service men and women are made aware of all the opportunities available to them as they ease back into civilian life, and the many ways a career in transportation may be the perfect fit. Our partnership with Hiring Our Heroes and FASTPORT is one more way we are connecting with veterans to show them what Ryder has to offer.”
Ryder has committed to hiring 2,000 veterans over the next three years (2015 – 2017). Since the start of its veteran hiring initiative in November 2011 through August 2014, the Company has hired 2,100 veterans, including many drivers. Ryder has increased the percentage of veterans in its U.S. workforce from 8 percent to 10 percent, and has more than doubled the amount of recently-separated veterans hired, since joining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program. Ryder also established a military career landing page, www.ryder.com/military, which helps match military personnel skills with open positions at Ryder.
“We are delighted that Ryder has partnered to take an industry leadership role on the Trucking Track,” said Eric Eversole, Vice President of the U.S. Chamber and Executive Director of Hiring Our Heroes. “Ryder’s commitment to employing veterans is impressive. In addition to Ryder’s own hiring results, as members of our Veterans Employment Advisory Council (VEAC), Ryder contributes even more by sharing their successes and best practices.”
The Trucking Track Mentoring Program was established to address the industry’s need for skills developed from all military backgrounds to fill over 300,000 open positions. In the past few years, the number of military men and women selecting trucking as the industry to start their career has increased. Initial positions often include significant home time with starting salaries ranging from $35,000 to $65,000.
“Ryder is a leader in integrated supply chain logistics and transportation,” said Bill McLennan, CEO of FASTPORT. “They are also a leader in veteran employment because they offer terrific career paths in a culture of passionate employees striving for excellence. Our veterans fit well into the Ryder team culture and have fulfilling careers.”
Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Inbound Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as a top third party logistics provider and green supply chain partner. In addition, Security Magazine has named Ryder one of the top companies for security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply chain, and warehousing sector. Ryder is a proud member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com and follow us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
About Hiring Our Heroes
Hiring Our Heroes launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, the goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day. To date, Hiring Our Heroes has inspired more than 1,500 businesses of all sizes to hire 236,000 veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses. And as a direct result of more than 720 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, 23,000 men and women have found employment.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy and the global business environment.
FASTPORT develops user-friendly technology to improve motor carriers’ selection, qualification and hiring process for commercial drivers, ultimately providing better careers for drivers and growth for motor carriers. FASTPORT’s core product JobMaps™ revolutionizes traditional job posting, empowering motor carriers to efficiently find the best qualified drivers for their unique driving jobs. FASTPORT is committed to leveraging JobMaps™ to help enable over 50,000 veterans, transitioning military service men and women find great driving careers with great employers in the trucking industry through the Hiring Our Heroes Trucking Track http://www.truckingtrack.org. For more information visit http://fastport.com.