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Uber to provide job training to help increase number of NC drivers

Posted May 7, 2015

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— Uber is partnering with Triangle nonprofits to provide skills training and entrepreneurial opportunities in an effort to recruit more than 5,000 drivers across North Carolina, the company announced Thursday.

The initiative is part of a nationwide yearlong effort to have 50,000 Uber drivers in urban communities throughout the East Coast.

The company did not elaborate on the type of training it would provide.

In the Triangle, the company will partner with El Centro Hispano, The Institute of Economic Development for North Carolina, Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Jobs for Life.

“As Jobs for Life is committed to seeing all people in NC and beyond experience the dignity of work, we are excited about partnering with Uber in this unique initiative,” said LaToya King, director of operations for Jobs for Life, a Raleigh-based, faith-based job training organization.

Uber is a taxi app that allows people to use their personal vehicles to make extra money as taxi drivers or request a ride through their smartphone. Uber drivers have been criticized for not being subjected to the same licensing, registration and insurance fees as taxi cab drivers, which they say allows Uber drivers to charge less and create unfair competition.

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  • Gary Hutson May 8, 2015
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    I don't see how the drivers insurance companies are letting them get away with this. I can only believe that they are not aware they are using their cars for commercial purposes. The drivers are not licensed or bonded are they ? If something happens and they get sued by a passenger they may be personally liable.

  • Harrison Preston May 8, 2015
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    They want more drivers, huh? I applied to be a driver on March 29. It's supposed to take 7-10 business days...today is business day #30. I've emailed them several times throughout and just get the same generic "we will look into it and update you with the status" only to never hear from them again until I send another email. Most recently, I got "we'll need a little more information then we will get that resolved". It was basic information that they obviously already had, and that was 5 days ago and I've heard nothing. SO unbelievably unprofessional. They better step up their game if they want 5000 more drivers.

  • Anthony Snark May 8, 2015
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    If they want NC drivers, training would not be a bad idea. They can start with merging lessons.

  • Chris Vet May 7, 2015
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    If you need training to drive, then you should not be a cab driver