OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN), a premier transportation and logistics provider, today announced it has received approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs to extend its Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program from 12 months to 24 months.
The extension means eligible veterans who have the Post 9/11 GI Bill can now receive up to $22,555.20 of their tax-free education benefits while driving for Werner, in addition to their Werner pay.
“Extending our apprenticeship program is another opportunity for Werner to support and thank our country’s veterans for their service,” said Derek Leathers, president and COO. “It will help veterans gain financial stability as they transition out of the military and into a new career path as a professional driver.”
Initiated by Werner and approved by the Department of Labor and VA in 2006, Werner’s Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program was the first program established in the trucking industry to focus on the recruitment of veterans.
As a military friendly employer, Werner has hired more than 6,000 veterans since 2012 and more than 300 veteran spouses since May 2013, surpassing the pledge it made in 2012 under the White House campaign Joining Forces to hire 1,000 veterans per year for the next five years. Werner has pledged to hire 2,200 veterans and 200 veteran spouses in 2015.
Werner Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is a premier transportation and logistics company, with coverage throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. Werner maintains its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska and maintains offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Australia. Werner is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated van, temperature-controlled and flatbed; medium-to-long-haul, regional and local van; and expedited services. Werner's Value Added Services portfolio includes freight management, truck brokerage, intermodal and international services. International services are provided through Werner’s domestic and global subsidiary companies and include ocean, air and ground transportation; freight forwarding; and customs brokerage.
Werner Enterprises, Inc.’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select MarketSM under the symbol “WERN”. For further information about Werner, visit the company’s website at www.werner.com.