With the current issues the industry is facing with driver shortages, training has come into the spotlight like never before. Our ageing truck driver workforce and difficulty in attracting young people into the profession has only served to exacerbate the problem even further.
With 22 women having already completed the female driver training program being run by Hanson and Alex Fraser, and a further 12 set to start their training in May, there are now plans to ramp things up even further.
A new statewide pilot program in Tasmania has been launched to up-skill heavy vehicle licence holders in the wake of industry shortages.
Collie TAFE in WA will receive $670,000 in government funding to purchase its own heavy vehicle simulator, as part of a new $25 million funding initiative to help get people into industries with high demand.
A free online training program is now being offered to new truck drivers, aimed at helping them to better understand their obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
A pilot truck driver training program has now begun at South Regioinal TAFE in Collie, WA, aiming to deliver advanced skills to truck drivers to increase productivity and industry safety.