The National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) recently joined an industry-wide coalition to promote workforce development in the trucking industry, an initiative the association said produced successful results in Indianapolis IN.
NTTC, along with the American Trucking Associations (ATA), Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference and Indiana Motor Truck Association came together to position trucking as a viable, professional and beneficial option for the 72,000 soon-to-be high school graduates who attended the National FFA Organization’s 92nd National Convention & Expo.
Attendees had the opportunity to explore the inside of a state-of-the-art tractor, experience what it’s like to operate a big rig in a tractor trailer simulator (offered by NTTC associate member Marvin Johnson & Associates) and learn about careers in trucking from NTTC’s Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Barbara Herman and several captains of ATA’s America’s Road Team.
Charles Whittington of Grammer Industries, a prominent member of all three coalition partners, spearheaded the industry-wide effort to work with the FFA Organization to introduce young people to the trucking industry. These efforts also earned the support of NTTC’s Workforce Development Committee.
“We’re very proud to have the opportunity to support the work of our friends at the FFA,” Whittington said. “Given the historic relevance of the farming community as a workforce platform for the trucking industry, the convention was the perfect venue to share the many benefits of a career in trucking to the FFA attendees.”