Ficel provides an extensive paid training program for all new drivers. For week 1 of orientation, drivers are paid $850 plus all travel expenses, lodging expenses and meals. Upon completion of orientation, Ficel OTR drivers receive a guaranteed minimum daily rate of $1350 per week for the next 13 weeks.
Areas covered during orientation and training include (but are not limited to) the following:
- load securement
- load placement
- equipment inspections
- hours-of-service compliance
- road testing
- customer paperwork
- U.S. & Canadian Customs paperwork and procedures
- maintenance policies and procedures
- dispatch policies and procedures
Ficel drivers also receive ongoing training through annual safety meetings and one-on-one consultation and review.