The new approach to driver training is vital for the company, which will need to replace nearly 25,000 jobs over the next five years to replace retiring baby boomers. Currently, UPS employs 99,000 drivers in the United States.
UPS Inc. is based in Atlanta, Ga., however, trainees will have to spend a week training at Integrad, a training facility 10 miles outside of Washington D.C. .The new tech-heavy method of training began in 2007. Thus far, only 10 percent of the 1,629 trainees have failed the training program.
Training for a spot in the UPS driver fleet involves playing video games that puts the trainee in the driver’s seat with plenty of obstacles. For instance, one game has the trainee complete five successful deliveries within 19 minutes. Another training favorite, called the “slip and fall” machine has trainees carry a 10-pound box over a greased down runway all while wearing shoes light on tread.
UPS drivers must also work on sales skills and are expected to generate leads. Appearance is key and students with wrinkly brown suits will lose points. Prospective drivers can visit the company’s website for more information.
The driving job at UPS offers job security as well as a decent paycheck. UPS will expand its virtual training to Chicago, where a new Intergrad in summer. This is a welcome change from the weekly jobless numbers report, which show job growth remains slow. However, there is hope that jobs will pick up, and if UPS is any indication, there are jobs to be had. One simply has to look in the right places.
Written by Lani Shadduck