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Historic first students graduate from women driver program

Students from the inaugural female-driver training program graduated today.

The eight graduates completed a four-week intensive course, which was a joint initiative from Linfox, Volvo Group Australia, Wodonga TAFE, Australia Post and Transport Women Australia.

Established to help address the driver shortage within the industry, the course equips drivers with the knowledge and skills to safely drive a heavy rigid truck ahead of employment opportunities offered working with fleets at Linfox and Australia Post.

With the average age of an Australian truck driver now 47, an aging workforce and domestic freight forecast to grow 27 per cent, driver recruitment will need to increase by over 150 per cent to meet the demands facing the industry.

According to Sondra Kremerskothen, Linfox Group Manager Training a prevailing public perception in which truck driving is dismissed as a career option needs to change.

“We talk about change a lot in logistics and this is what it looks like. By removing the roadblocks that currently prevent talented people from joining the industry, we can ensure our industry continues to meet increasing consumer demand,” she said.

“While this first stage is focused on women, future programs will work to address the needs of other demographics who, despite interest, may be unsure of the steps required or may experience challenges pursuing a career within the industry.”

James Dixon, General Manager Transport & Aviation, Australia Post said his company continued to invest in skilled drivers and by increasing its female representation it would continue to meet community needs now and into the future.

“We value diversity and appreciate the benefits an inclusive workplace brings to our customers, our business, and most importantly, our people. We look forward to welcoming these talented new recruits, and many more, into our team,” he said.

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