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After adding 1,400 truck drivers in 2018, Walmart said it plans to add hundreds more this year.

According to the company, assessments, mentorship and a faster hiring process are all a part of new onboarding events that are filling critical new jobs created by Walmart’s business growth during an industry-wide shortage.

“These hiring events are both improving the skill level of our candidates and enriching their onboarding experience,” Lori Furnell, Walmart’s director of driver talent acquisition, said in the release. 

“We’re leaning heavily on the expertise of our Walmart road team and our certified driver trainers to grow our skilled fleet of professional drivers.”

Beginning this month, the release said Walmart is raising driver wages, accounting for a one-cent-per-mile increase and additional pay for every arrival. 

Walmart drivers will now earn on average $87,500 a year and with an all-in rate close to 89 cents per mile, according to the release.

Furnell said Walmart is transforming its hiring process to give applicants the opportunity to learn the “Walmart way.”

The release said two centralized locations — Casa Grande, Ariz., and Lauren, S.C. — serve as week-long onboarding facilities for new hires to observe veteran drivers and then practice those skills “the Walmart way.”

Targeted one-on-one mentoring from veteran drivers has been introduced in the new way that Walmart hires, according to the company.

The revamped orientation initiatives have already cut in half the time between a candidate’s initial interview and a mandatory driving assessment, according to the release. 

To be hired by Walmart, drivers must meet Walmart’s high minimum standards for its private fleet drivers, which includes 30 months of experience in the past three years and a clean safety record, according to the release.