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NatRoad encourages young people to join the trucking industry

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has said it is committed to driving young people into the Australian trucking industry via the Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program.

“The initiative, which has already seen great success in the hospitality and construction industry, is part of the Youth Jobs PaTH program, announced in the 2016-17 budget and supported by an investment of more than $760 million,” NatRoad said in a statement.

NatRoad has reportedly initiated a live trial of the PaTH program in two road transport businesses in Sydney and Melbourne.

“With the average age of an Australian truck driver at 53 years, if the industry does not address the issues attracting youth to the industry, we’re on the brink of an employment crisis,” said NatRoad CEO, Warren Clark.

“We have already seen a driver shortage in many areas across the country, including the recent problems in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley,” he said.

Under the scheme, according to NatRoad, businesses can train an intern aged between 17-24 in their business for a period of 4-12 weeks.

“This internship, designed as a pathway into the trucking industry, is a low-risk way for the employer to look at the skills they can provide before taking them on as an employee,” said NatRoad. “At the end of the trial period, the employer can receive an incentive of $6,500 - $10,000 if the candidate is taken on for a period of six months or more in a full-time, part-time or casual position.”

“NatRoad is pleased to be working with the Federal Department of Employment to offer a practical, low-risk solution for the industry,” said Clark.

“The PaTH program is a win-win solution for the industry, and young people alike. It will open doors for young people looking for a long-term, sustainable career in trucking.

“We encourage road transport businesses of all sizes to consider taking part in the program.

“There are many senior managers and drivers across Australia who started out in trainee positions and worked hard to build successful careers. The drivers of tomorrow will be starting in the industry today in entry-level roles such as yard stuff, packers and administrative roles” he said.

“The Youth Jobs PaTH program is delivering significant outcomes by getting young people off welfare, into work and ensuring they are positive contributors to the economy and their local community,” said Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash.

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