Red Hook on the Road helps unemployed New Yorkers start new careers in commercial driving. After four weeks of classroom and behind-the-wheel training, students are prepared to take the NYS Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) road test. Once licensed, Red Hook on the Road places graduates in a variety of jobs that move people and products throughout the city.
Red Hook on the Road trainees are unemployed New Yorkers who have faced significant barriers launching their careers. We screen many applicants each year for approximately 25 training slots per month; please be sure to read our Apply page to make sure you’re a good fit, and contact us to take the first steps to your new career.
Graduates of the program are trained and CDL-credentialed, and ready to start work in a wide range of commercial driving jobs. If you are interested in hiring a Red Hook on the Road graduate, please visit our Hire page.
Red Hook on the Road’s CDL training program is four weeks long, consisting of one week of in-class instruction and three weeks of behind-the-wheel instruction. Trainees learn map reading, maneuvering large vehicles, defensive driving, and other skills needed on the job. Following the training course, graduates receive two years of job placement assistance, career counseling and support as they continue working and advance into new roles.
All BWI training programs are offered free of charge. However, trainees must be able to cover their personal expenses during the training and job search; we are unable to provide stipends.
Graduates, after successfully passing the road test, are placed into jobs driving School Buses, Coach Buses, Access-A-Ride vehicles, and Trucks. Businesses in Red Hook on the Road’s extensive employer network frequently offer benefits and good starting wages. Jobs sometimes start early in the morning and usually require traveling throughout the five boroughs. Some local trucking jobs require the ability to bend and lift up to 70 lbs, though many graduates also work in jobs that do not require lifting.