The State Government's $6.1 million Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations Skill Set has hit a key milestone, with more than 230 Western Australians now employed following the completion of the program. Significantly, around 30 per cent of participants in the course have been women, when compared to female representation among truck drivers in WA being of less than four per cent. Due to the critical program's success, the course has been expanded to regional areas with a 10-week program now running in the South-West.
Free for eligible students, the Practical Driving Instruction Training and Assessment and licencing costs are $500 for concession students and up to $1,250 for non-concession students. The program aims to train 500 new workers in Heavy Rigid (HR) licences and upskill 500 existing workers from HR licences to Heavy Combination and/or Multi-Combination licences, to combat skills shortages and support the transport and logistics industry.
For more information, visit https://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/courses/heavy-vehicle-driving-operations-skill-set or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.