“The transport and logistics industry is predicted to continue to grow, and it will require well trained and motivated employees to support this growth.”
With this statement in mind the Victorian Transport Association (VTA), embarked on developing a program that would deliver a pathway for new entrants to the transport industry to be trained as Job Ready long-term employees in freight and logistics.
The Freight Workforce Project introduced earlier this year demonstrates the benefits of quality training individuals who can bring real value as safe, competent and professional transport workers. The project is creating over 125 jobs in the transport and logistics industry, providing a sustainable pathway into Heavy Vehicle Driving, Forklift Driving and Warehousing roles.
Candidates are supplied by Jobs Victoria and focus on women, women over 45, Indigenous people, new migrants and people under 25. The program provides the project manager and participant ample opportunity to understand the values and expectations that exist in the transport industry and determine their readiness and commitment before the provision of any training.
As a complement to the program, the VTA continues to offer a range of training that can lead to careers as transport industry professionals:
• Transition to Transport is an intensive one-day, nine-module course that will provide those new to the industry with in-depth knowledge of the supply chain, logistics, transport operations and associated regulations;
• Driver Delivery is a 10-day training, mentoring and ‘behind-the-wheel’ instruction experience to new heavy vehicle drivers. Individuals completing the Driver Delivery Program will obtain a Heavy Rigid licence and will learn advanced driving practices and principles;
• Our Forklift Training Program is a 5-day training program which includes both practical and theory training; and
• Our two-day Warehouse Training is a two-day specialised training program that provides the individual with a basic knowledge of warehouse functions, safety and environment.
What’s unique about these programs is that they produce job-ready candidates and have the support of the VTA to place candidates in paid transport work, along with professional mentoring to assist their transition into the workplace.
The mentor relationship is quickly established to ensure candidates concerns and needs are addressed, and they are given a clear understanding of the timelines, responsibilities, and expectations.
Likely many industries, there is presently a significant shortage of workers in the transport industry, so if you’re looking for a new career path in freight and logistics contact the VTA on 03 9646 8590 or visit vta.com.au/freight-training/ or vta.com.au/driver-delivery/.