Fenix-Newhaul has officially launched its state-of-the-art multi-combination truck simulator on site at its depot in Geraldton, in conjunction with Kickstart Training Academy.
Kyle Owen McGinn MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Regional Development, was at the launch for the new high tech piece of equipment, which is designed to deliver modernised driver training and respond to the changing skills needed for WA drivers.
The simulator was brought to fruition through a $250,000 grant. Fenix-Newhaul among five businesses to share in approximately $700,000 from Western Australia’s Regional Economic Development Grants program.
Believed to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world, the simulator recreates driving inertia to provide the most realistic experience. Learners train in a genuine dual seat truck cabin; and drivers follow actual routes, without ever leaving the depot.
Kickstart has also received funding support from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), supported by the Australian Government.
The first Kickstart Training Academy was launched in Geraldton in January 2022 to service the Fenix-Newhaul Joint Venture. A second location is also set to open in the East Kimberley to service Newhaul’s Joint Venture with Agrimin for its Lake Mackay Potash project.
Kickstart currently offers two trainee pathways. Its Youth Traineeship is a paid Driver Traineeship for those aged between 18-20 years who have completed year 12 and have a C class driver’s license. While upskill driver training is also offered to an existing local mature aged workforce, helping them progress to a Multi Combination (MC) licence.