Monday, March 27, 2006

Trucking Industry Getting Help from AARP To Find Older Drivers

In a story for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette News, Martin Luttrell writes that "AARP is hoping to convince some older Americans to step away from their office Macs and into a Mack truck for a second career, hauling freight on the nation’s highways." Working in partnership with the American Trucking Associations and the Truckload Carriers Association, as part of AARP's Alliance for an Experienced Workforce, AARP is recruiting from its membership through AARP the Magazine and the AARP Bulletin.

However, Luttrell says that truck drivers surveyed for his report had mixed responses on how well 50-and-over workers would respond to the program. "Some drivers were enthusiastic, saying that driving is a good second career for someone in an age bracket that has generally good driving skills. Others said long hours, time away from home and low pay would be obstacles."

Source: "AARP, trucking industry seek older drivers to plug hiring gap" Worcester Telegram & Gazette News (March 27, 2006)

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