BTS 2021, Careers & Training

Brisbane show hub helps launch trucking careers

Designed to be a one-stop-shop for students, job seekers, industry and employment stakeholders, the Jobs Hub at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show is set to be a hive of activity.

Those considering a career in transport or actively looking for a job will have the opportunity to speak with a range of exhibitors including training organisations that can offer advice on available training options, and transport companies looking to hire.

There will also be a wide variety of presentations by industry ambassadors, personalities and training providers.

Following the success of the Jobs Hub at the last Brisbane Truck Show in 2019, HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking revealed that it will be further expanded this time around, with the aim of showcasing the heavy vehicle industry to a wider audience.

“We are excited to relocate the Jobs Hub and National Apprentice Challenge to the South Bank Piazza, making it free for the community to attend, and linking it with the South Bank Truck Festival,” Hacking said.

“We are partnering with the State and Federal Governments to ensure job agencies, job seekers, parents, teachers and students have access to industry ambassadors and real jobs.

“Within the same space we will be delivering an engaging education program with hands-on workshops, masterclasses and hackathons aimed at inspiring and empowering our industry’s next generation.”

The Jobs Hub will be hosted by young entrepreneur Scott Millar. He started out selling keyrings at local markets and ended up growing his business into an e-commerce brand shipping thousands of units a month by the time he was 15.

By the age of 16, he had launched a company creating holograms for events and marketing and by Year 12 was already travelling around the world to work with leading brands on their events.

Millar now works with young people around the world, spreading the message that age, location and background is no longer a barrier for success in today’s innovation economy.

“I am hoping to lead by example to show other young people the amazing things they can do and the opportunities they can take if they both work hard and work smart,” Millar said.

The Jobs Hub is also set to provide an opportunity for Brisbane Truck Show exhibitors to connect with students and other job seekers at the Jobs Hub display.

“We have previously brought in hundreds of students from about 40 schools in the Brisbane catchment,” revealed Hacking.

“This year, with additional support from the Queensland Government we are expecting that number to head well north of a thousand and coming from upwards of 100 schools.”

According to Hacking, the 2021 Jobs Hub will provide a unique opportunity for Brisbane Truck Show exhibitors to demonstrate the diverse career paths available across the industry and to find new talent for their businesses.

“We are really excited to be able to connect with the broader community around the strength of the heavy vehicle industry and the rewarding careers that we know are there for people with the right attitude,” he said.

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