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Driver training fuels Victoria’s economic engine

Vaseline 2 months ago

The Driver Delivery Program is run in partnership with Armstrong’s Driver Education. Image: Armstrong’s driver training.

The recent announcement of an additional $1 million investment by the Victorian Government in training heavy vehicle drivers is not just a fiscal decision; it is a strategic investment in the engine that drives Victoria’s economy.

This expansion of partnership with the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) underlines the vital role skilled truck drivers play in keeping our supply chains moving and our economy thriving.

Since 2016, collaborative efforts between government and industry stakeholders have paid off, with accredited training programs providing aspiring heavy vehicle drivers with the essential skills needed to secure employment in freight and logistics roles.

The Driver Delivery program, a flagship initiative of this partnership, has delivered significant investment from the Victorian Government, resulting in the training and placement of almost 400 skilled drivers on Victorian roads.

This is not just about filling vacancies; it’s about ensuring our supply chains are staffed by competent professionals who can handle the complexities of modern transportation.

The success of the Driver Delivery program reflects the successes of previous initiatives, such as the 2023 Freight Industry Training for Jobseekers project, which enabled employment for more than 125 individuals in the freight and warehousing sector.

These programs serve as evidence of both government and industry commitment to addressing skills shortages and cultivating a skilled workforce capable of meeting the changing demands of the transportation sector.

One of the main objectives of investing in truck driver training is to improve road safety. By providing comprehensive training and creating a culture of safety awareness, we can reduce the risks associated with the use of heavy vehicles, protecting lives and minimizing accidents.

Furthermore, addressing skills shortages in the trucking sector is crucial to ensure the efficient movement of goods and materials, thus avoiding bottlenecks in our supply chains.

Furthermore, investments in truck driver training serve as a catalyst for attracting and retaining younger talent in the transportation sector.

In an era where demographic shifts and technological advances are reshaping workforce dynamics, it is critical to encourage younger generations to pursue careers in crucial sectors such as transportation and logistics.

By offering comprehensive training programs and stable employment opportunities, we can cultivate a new generation of skilled professionals who will drive innovation and sustainability in the sector.

The government-business partnership is an example of a joint approach to tackling shared challenges and seizing opportunities for growth.

The continued support from Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight and Roads and Road Safety, Melissa Horne, underlines the Government’s commitment to fostering an environment conducive to the prosperity of the transport sector.

Her advocacy for initiatives such as the Driver Delivery program reflects a proactive attitude towards addressing the multifaceted needs of the industry.

As we navigate an increasingly interconnected global economy, the importance of robust supply chains cannot be overstated. Investing in truck driver training is not just a cost item; it is an investment in the resilience and competitiveness of Victoria’s economy.

By equipping drivers with the required skills and knowledge, we can strengthen the foundation on which our supply chains operate, unlocking new avenues for growth and prosperity.

The decision to invest in truck driver training represents a forward-looking strategy aimed at strengthening Victoria’s economic resilience and competitiveness.

By prioritizing road safety, addressing skills shortages and nurturing talent, we can ensure our supply chains remain robust and adaptable in the face of evolving challenges.

Our job is to seize the opportunities such initiatives present and pave a path to a more prosperous future for all stakeholders involved.

For more information about the program, contact VTA freight industry training manager Tim Garnett on 9646 8590 or visit vta.com.au/driver-delivery.

  • Peter Anderson is the CEO of the Victorian Transport Association.