Scania's Trevor Davies meets a prospective industry entrant on the Scania stand
Scania's Trevor Davies meets a prospective industry entrant on the Scania stand

Scania seeks out talented newcomers to the industry

SCANIA played a leading role in reaching out to the next generation of truck industry employees at the Brisbane Truck Show's Jobs Hub between May 16 to 18.

Scania Australia People and Culture director Michele Gellatly and Trevor Davies, Scania's P&C Business Partner spent four days meeting with a wide range of job seekers and students considering a career in trucking and truck-related services.

Scania driver trainer David Whyte also provided insights into his role and his career which was supercharged in 2007 when he won Scania's inaugural Young Truck Driver of the Year competition.

Following the win, and several years of truck driving combined with a budding career as a truck journalist, David joined Scania around 18 months ago in the role of driver trainer, spending his weeks alongside Scania customers in the cab and the classroom.

"On the first two days the HVIA brought more than 650 school students to the show to find out how a career in the industry can provide an exciting and stable future," Michele said.

"These students were interested in automotive and engineering programmes and we were able to provide them with details of the apprenticeships we offer at Scania Australia that can lead to a full-time job within our nationwide network of company-owned branches.

"We met with several students who we can see already have the right attitude and enthusiasm for an apprenticeship at our Brisbane branches. These were confident and mature students who had a firm idea of where they wanted their careers to go.

"We also saw a lot of students who were yet to make up their minds about their career choices, so we provided them with a lot of information about Scania: who we are, our core values and our company footprint in Australia and globally," she said.

According to David Whyte, one of the biggest surprises for high school students was the variety of driving jobs available.

"Their eyes really lit up when they heard you could be hauling the contents of a rock concert around one day and general freight the next, or the many different driving jobs available, and also that you meet a lot of really good people working in the industry and we all get along well," he said.

Scania's David Whyte at right talks about his industry experience
Scania's David Whyte at right talks about his industry experience

According to Michele Gellatly, one of the highlights was meeting with a young man for whom the prospect of a job with Scania could help him get his career back on track.

"We met a student who had fallen out of the school system a few years ago and who was struggling with his career prospects, but who has a lot of enthusiasm for an apprenticeship. With the right approach and the mentoring that is a feature of our programme we may be able to give this candidate the training that can set him up for a career as a technician," Michele said.

"Over the weekend we saw many people already in the jobs market with a variety of skill-sets who were looking for a new challenge, and we were able to show them the 60 positions nationwide that Scania has vacant at present.

"Our website has a listing that is constantly updated, and the vacancies underline just how fast Scania is growing in Australia, as a result of the launch of our New Truck Generation and the many customer-friendly services we provide within the after-sales environment.

"Overall it was a successful event for Scania. We met a lot of people and we were able to engage with them on quite a meaningful level. There were many people who had strong views about the Scania brand and products, and some who did not know much about us at all, but who went away with a better idea of who we are and where we are going.

"One of the best comments I heard over the weekend was from a customer who told a colleague 'that Scania must be a very good place to work because all the employees there look after their customers so well'. That is one of the values we work hard towards every day.

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