You are not 'just' a truckie
IT SEEMS that on any given day there is a conference, seminar, forum or some other way to get information and learning to everyone in our industry and yet we are still perceived by many to be uneducated, uninformed and unprofessional.
There is a huge level of professionalism on all levels of our industry, from the bottom up and the top down.
We embrace every type of new technology available to make the job easier and safer, most equipment is state-of-the-art, companies and drivers take pride in the presentation of that equipment and uniformed drivers abound - gone are the days of the blue singlet and thongs.
What we have to do is eliminate "just” from our vocabulary.
I am "just” a truck driver, I am "just” a forklift driver, I am "just” a scheduler.
So many of those employed in the transport industry, especially truck drivers, are multi-skilled professionals and they needto see themselves as such.
So many people have a high level of skill in one area but truck drivers have to know how to drive and load to meet weight requirement for axles, overall loads and mass management.
They have to know how to restrain the load, be a customer service provider and complete a complicated work diary and numerous other paperwork necessary for their job.
If they work in the livestock transport industry, they need to know how to handle different types of livestock and have some animal husbandry skills.
Dangerous goods drivers have to have a good knowledge of the load they are carrying in case of an emergency.
The list goes on as this is a highly specialised industry and the skills required are numerous.
These skills need to be recognised and promoted to show the professionalism of our people and industry.
We had many individuals recognised last weekend at the Road Transport Hall of Fame, with three amazing people being named as icons of the industry - Neil Mansell, Tom Lindsay and Sharon Middleton AM.
Transport Women Australia Limited was very excited to have two of our former directors, Sharon Hourn and Sharon Middleton AM, and current member Heather Jones inducted onto the Wall of Fame.
We have been so busy planning our 20th anniversary gala dinner celebration, getting our mentoring program ready to launch and organising the final details for our first learning initiative that none of the current board were able to attend the Transport Women Australia Limited breakfast at the reunion this year.
Our immediate past chair, Pam McMillan, and former chair Liz Martin and several members who could make the trek to Alice Springs ably represented us.
We are looking forward to the big one next year.