Uber to provide job training to help increase number of NC drivers
Posted May 7, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.