Welcome to Major Training Group's "Keep on Trucking" tips. As heavy industry's training partner we will be bringing you industry updates plus addressing the key questions we are often asked by our clients. If you have any specific questions you would like to see addressed in this column please contact Big Rigs editorial or us directly.
WHEN I hear people talk about preserving the industry, I think we have some work to do.
I have grown up around trucks my whole life, and I really think we undersell how big and exciting the industry really is.
Transport is a huge industry; the phrase "without trucks Australia stops" couldn't be more true.
From the type of trucks, freight, destinations and crosslinks with other industries, a career in transport can go down so many paths and it doesn't mean driving forever.
That is exciting and we need to share that message loud and clear.
The heavy lifting to drive change can't come from one person, several leading businesses or the government; it has to be an adopted approach by industry.
Government, employers, regulation, training providers - the collective industry needs to get on board.
Our business is training drivers and transport industry people but if we don't make the industry exciting and a real career prospect, we will have limited new drivers to train.
We have an industry with a very high average age for workers.
These are a great talent pool of people who can inspire, teach and show a new generation of workers.
Let's get these people out there telling people.
New workers are so important for development of the industry.
Employers need to embrace their place as well.
We can train them, we can show them the starting points and safety but we can't train 20 years' experience in several hours, or days or weeks.
Employers, who support new workers, develop buddy systems or introduction programs in their business will be doing the heavy lifting in creating better and more drivers for years to come.
Collective industry promotion is critical.
I see other industry bodies investing heavily in industry promotion, creating excitement and education about the types of work and career paths and supporting industry with training through funding support.
All in all it is not a quick and easy fix. It will take industry leaders, government and some legislation to help make the industry a star.
The transport industry certainly isn't going to get smaller and industry promotion and support has been proven in other industries.
Let's look to the future with positivity and make it happen.
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