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English language instruction and training for driving careers

Bilingual Commercial Driver Training by NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) | Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

Actively recruiting

Services Improving English skills, Training for a new job

Eligibility Adults, Immigrants, Low-income New Yorkers, Public assistance recipients, People with justice involvement

Schedule 1 to less than 3 months, Daytime

Language Access Language Access

Last Updated Last updated on Jul 04, 2021

This eight-week program provides English instruction and prepares New Yorkers to work as commercial drivers.

This program helps unemployed New Yorkers with Class D licenses start new commercial driving careers. Through eight weeks of training, the program provides students with English language instruction and helps them prep to take the NYS Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) road test. It also helps grads find a job with a network of NYC employers.

Who it's for Who it's for

To be eligible for this training program, you should:

  • Live in NYC
  • Be legally allowed to work in the US
  • Seek to improve your English
  • Be 21 years or older
  • Be low-income, unemployed, or receive public assistance
  • Be able to pass a drug test
  • Have no DWIs or DUIs
  • Have had a valid NY State Driver’s License for at least two years, with no more than one of the following:
    • Four points or fewer
    • One suspension (must be cleared for at least two years)
    • One conviction showing on the driver record
  • Be able to attend training Monday–Friday, 8am to 5pm

The ideal applicant has conversational-level English skills, but wants to expand them and learn industry-specific vocabulary before starting the commercial driver training. New Yorkers with a criminal record are encouraged to apply.

Schedule Schedule

Training takes place Monday–Friday during the day.

Language Access Language Access

The program also offers services in Spanish.

Next Steps

To apply for the program, you first must meet virtually with a Training Advisor at Washington Heights Workforce1 Center. Fill out the NYC Small Business Services Interest Form to get started.