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.
Endorsed by the Western Roads Federation, the Heavy Haulage Driving Operations Skill Set was developed following considerable industry consultation.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said: “There is a looming shortage of truck drivers in WA and the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated how vital the freight industry is to our state.
“Western Roads Federation approached the Premier, Minister for Education and Training and myself to create a dedicated training course for drivers and we have responded.”
The free five-week course will give participants eight units of competency from the Certificate III in Driving Operations and a leg up to complete the full qualification. South Regional TAFE is working in partnership with Keens Truck Driver Training to deliver the new program.
“We have worked collaboratively with industry and the training sector to ensure this program will give drivers the skills they need while also helping jobseekers increase their employability,” adds Saffioti.
WA Education and Training Minister, Sue Ellery, adds that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of the transport industry. “Truck drivers have kept Western Australia moving and we are proud to invest in this new training program and facilities that will upskill this essential workforce.”
The Western Road Federation will work with its industry partners to ensure course participants have at least one interview with an industry employer within a month of completing the program.
With the pilot program being so well received, there are talks of running the program again in the future, with more details expected to be announced shortly.