Unemployed truck drivers, start your engines. WorkSource for Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties is holding a hiring event Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for employers looking to hire drivers with Class A and B commercial drivers licenses.
Class A license is for driving tractor trailers, a Class B license covers smaller trucks and buses.
Employers are looking for drivers of dump, log, and delivery trucks as well as tractor trailers. Most jobs are local, but some do have over the road opportunities, the flyer says.
The event “is not really the first hiring event in awhile, but the first one where we’ve invited multiple employers in awhile,” Ron Schmidt, co-manager replied in an email.
Jason Lake, one of the organizers of the event, confirmed it is the first multi-employer event to be held since spring of 2012 when one was held for hospitality workers. Anecdotally, more jobs have been listed lately on the WorkSource site, a sign that the economy may be improving in a “slow and steady” way, Lake said. “We aren’t there yet,” he added since Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties have often been among the top five counties with the highest number of unemployed workers in the state.
The hiring event was created to help fill driver jobs that they have been unable to fill. Usually, they are easy to fill and “it’s a mystery” as to why they have not been filled, Lake said. He hopes news about the event will bring drivers “out of the woodwork.”
Applicants should bring resumes and be prepared to fill out an application and assessment forms. They should “dress appropriately” and may need to pass a drug test and background check before being hired, the flyer states.
Truck companies who have confirmed they will attend are: CR England, Central Refrigerated, Amerigas, T & D Trucking, Ocean Express, Grays Harbor College, Trailer Services, and Carlisle, Schmidt said.
Grays Harbor College will also be on hand to talk about commercial drivers license classes at the college, and are looking to hire an instructor for a new class they want to form entirely from veterans with a grant, said Lake.
Classes start at the college on Sept. 23rd, the commercial drivers classes start when a minimum of nine people have signed up, Schmidt said.
The college website notes that a commercial drivers license class is held Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Satsop Development Park. Students can get a Class A license for driving tractors trailers in 15 weeks, it says, adding that funding options are available. Quoting Workforce Explorer, the college says there are 2,317 annual job openings for drivers statewide.
WorkSource is located at 511 West Heron in Aberdeen.