A newly released consultation paper discusses plans for a formal apprenticeship for truck drivers – and those in the trucking industry are being invited to have their say.
The paper was developed by the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee, a national committee tasked with ensuring training qualifications are aligned with industry needs.
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has welcomed the paper’s release.
“It’s no secret that operators around the country have difficulty recruiting truck drivers,” ATA Chair David Smith said.
“There is a shortage of new starters in the trucking industry, and it’s due to the image of the industry and the image of truck driving as a career.
“By improving the professionalism of the industry, strengthening driver training would make driving a more attractive career,” he said.
The consultation paper notes that the sourcing and retention of professional heavy vehicle operators plays a critical role in ensuring the safe, productive and environmentally sound movement of goods and services throughout Australia.
“The ATA has long called for stronger and more comprehensive truck driver licensing and training,” Smith said.
“There is a significant skills shortage that must be addressed as a matter of urgency,” he said.
The committee is now seeking feedback on the paper, with everyone in the industry encouraged to share their views.
To view the paper, please click here.
To take part in the Heavy Vehicle Apprenticeship Feedback Survey, please click here.