Women are driving the transport and logistics industry with a training program being recognised with an award from the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW).
Transport and Main Roads general manager (rail, ports and freight) Sal Petroccitto said the Australian-first program, Woman Take the Wheel, was named highly commended in the ACLW's Sustaining Women's Empowerment in Communities and Organisations Award announced last week.
"The innovative program has been led by the department and the Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Group Queensland (TLWAG-Q)," Mr Petroccitto said.
Mr Petroccitto, who is also the TLWAG-Q chairman, said the program was designed to increase the number of women in the transport, logistics and supply chain industry.
"The partnership is a critical step in addressing industry skill shortages and providing employment outcomes, which enables industry to get on with the important task of connecting Queensland," he said.
"The program encourages women to pursue a career in the predominantly male transport, logistics and supply chain industry."
He said the program's focus was a direct response to only 23% of roles in the industry being held by women - many in traditional occupations.
To date, Women Take the Wheel has:
Supported the mentoring of more than 250 Queensland women in the transport, logistics and supply chain industry
Upskilled more than 40 Queensland women with a nationally recognised qualification
Provided training and employment pathways into industry for more than 60 unemployed and under-employed Queensland women
Engaged more than 500 young women in industry awareness and school-to-work programs.
For more information on TLWAG-Q and Transform's work, go to www.tmr.qld.gov.au /transforme.