Florida Rock & Tank lines held its first career day and luncheon at the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) commercial driving school on April 21, 2017. This event marked the first collaboration between Florida Rock Tanks Lines, CareerSource Northeast Florida and FSCJ. On hand for the career day were the company’s CEO Rob Sandlin, Jim Anderson, VP of Safety and Risk Management, a company driver and supervisor. Students received lunch courtesy of Florida Rock & Tank Line and were able to engage the company’s CEO with questions about the company and its expectation for commercial drivers.
Following the luncheon students received a 30-minute company presentation from Mr. Anderson that included the history of the company, its safety history and benefits package. CEO Rob Sandlin advised students, “Whoever you drive for, the key is safety. You should always strive to be a safe and prepared driver.”
Following the presentation, the students observed a static display of one of the company’s dry load trucks that had been driven to the campus for the event. The driver went over operation of the truck and gave the students an example of a typical day as a dry load driver for Florida Rock & Tank lines. The dry load truck is the model new commercial drivers will start with at Florida Rock & Tank Lines.
In partnership with CareerSource Northeast Florida and FSCJ, Florida Rock & Tank Lines is developing a new career pathway that would allow graduates from FSCJ to start with the company in a work experience program. This 6-week program would allow students to be hired without the usual requirement of three years of driving experience normally required, helping to alleviate the company’s driver shortage. Students will start driving the dry loads and eventually move up to driving volatile loads. FSCJ’s commercial driving school program director Joe Lackey was pleased that students got the chance to connect directly with company representatives, commenting: “When companies come to the school in person, students are more likely to consider them for employment.”