Women in Trucking Australia (WiTA) has announced that its ‘Foot in the Door’ program will receive crucial funding from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), supported by the Federal Government. the collaborative pilot project – set to be launched early 2023 – will support inexperienced female heavy vehicle drivers into trucking careers nationally. With women considered to be one of the most underutilised industry resources the initiative will be a critical step in encouraging women to join the transport and logistics industries.
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Work is underway to provide assistance to employers and employees looking to transition into other careers before native forestry logging ends in 2024. Although the LDSC is currently not involved in this process, there is potential for many of these skilled and experienced workers to be suitable to enter into Transport and Logistics (TLI) roles using these funded transition pathways. With many of these workers already familiar with the manual handling aspects needed for TLI types of roles, as well as possessing other transferrable skills and some of the licences (Such as LR, MR, HR, MR, HC, MC etc) required to be successful in TLI careers.
Please click here to read the announcement on the first steps being undertaken with this cohort of workers. We recommend subscribing to Media Statements to ensure your organisation is aware of any other upcoming opportunities to be involved in this imitative.
The National Women in Transport initiative aims to improve the gender balance within the transport industry by bringing government and industry together. As well as the dedicated website and ‘speaker bureau’ profiling women leaders, over the next year the National Women in Transport program will also publish key transport workforce data and deliver a series of events to connect industry leaders.
Visit the womenintransport.gov.au website to find out more.