Schneider National’s Learning Style Match Program
Receives National Training and Development Excellence in
Significant Reductions in Driver Trainee Dropouts Earn Company Prestigious Honor
GREEN BAY, WIS. – JULY 18, 2007 – Schneider National, Inc., a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services, today announced it has received an Excellence in Practice Citation from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). This is the second consecutive year that Schneider National has been recognized by ASTD for results achieved through learning and performance practices and interventions. One of 31 companies worldwide to be so honored this year, Schneider National was recognized in the Training Management category for its Learning Styles Match Program.
ASTD is the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. Its 70,000 members and associates come from more than 100 countries and thousands of organizations. The ASTD Excellence in Practice Awards program recognizes companies that achieve measurable results through the use of practices and interventions in workplace learning and performance.
“We are especially honored to be recognized two years in a row by the world’s foremost organization for training and development professionals,” said Don Osterberg, vice president of safety and driver training for Schneider National. “Schneider’s driver training is known as the gold standard within its industry, and the achievement of this distinguished honor acknowledges our efforts toward continuous improvement.”
In 2006, Schneider’s driver training team implemented a new train-the-trainer curriculum to refresh trainers’ knowledge of adult learning styles and assess trainers’ styles. The goal: match trainers to students of similar styles. By focusing on communication and working with people’s natural learning styles, rather than trying to change them, the company drew out the strengths of all the participants. The results have been clear and demonstrable. In the first four months of the program, the student drivers’ dropout rate was improved by 8 percent, saving the company hundreds of thousands in recruiting and training costs.
“We are passionate about providing our drivers with the very best training possible to protect both their safety and the safety of the motoring public,” said Osterberg. “For Schneider, more effective training translates directly to a safer, more productive driver force.”
Submissions to ASTD’s Excellence in Practice program go through a blind review process conducted by a panel of experts from the workplace learning and performance field. Programs were recognized in eight areas: career development, learning technologies, managing change, organizational learning, performance improvement, technical training, training management, and workplace learning and development. Among the 30 other organizations honored for Excellence in Practice this year were: AT&T, Bank of America, Caterpillar, Inc., Farmers Insurance Company, FedEx Kinko’s, Hewlett-Packard and IBM Corporation.
About Schneider National, Inc.
Schneider National, Inc. is a premier provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services. Serving more than two-thirds of the FORTUNE 500® companies, Schneider National offers the broadest portfolio of services in the industry. The company’s transportation and logistics solutions include One-Way, Intermodal, Transportation Management, Dedicated and Bulk. With wholly owned subsidiaries Schneider Logistics, American Port Services and American Overseas Air Freight, Schneider National is the only truckload carrier to offer customers end-to-end domestic and international logistics solutions.
Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Schneider National has provided expert transportation and logistics solutions for more than 70 years. A $3.7 billion company, Schneider National conducts business in more than 28 countries in North America, Europe and Asia, and continues to grow its international service offerings. For more information about Schneider National visit www.schneider.com or call (800) 558-6767.