The trucking industry needs new drivers to keep up with the freight demand. Actually, the issue isn't that simple, but I have noticed some of the larger companies have now lowered their hiring age. I also follow quite a few trucking Vlogs on youtube. Some of the online video journals are produced by younger drivers, and they can be a great resource for anyone considering the trucking career and lifestyle.
Popular Vlogger and trucker Allie Knight began her driving career at USA truck. You can follow her journey by going to her Youtube Site, and starting with her earliest videos.
USA Truck offers paid training. As with any company sponsored training program, it is important to do your research and find out the penalties of not completing the contract, or leaving school early. Check out Driver Solutions, and compose a list of questions to ask the recruiter. I think it is a good idea to base the questions on the worst case scenario, as it is better to know the consequences beforehand, especially when they are monetary.
They also offer programs for recent CDL graduates.
Here is a video overview of the training program at USA Truck.