LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new three-year transportation apprenticeship program is letting students learn all about trucking.

Organizers say it's a first for Kentucky.

Edwards Moving & Rigging in Shelbyville is starting a transportation apprenticeship program. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet says it benefits students who want to learn a skill, without accruing college debt. It will also help businesses that need to hire more skilled workers.

"This is not a new concept," said Ervin Dimeny, Commissioner of the Department of Workplace Standards. "We have done this for centuries, and for some reason, we moved away. We moved a lot of the skilled workforce department into a sterile classroom setting and that doesn't work."

Pay starts at $15 an hour and students will earn a national certificate.

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