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PACCAR Australia named Large Employer of the Year

PACCAR Australia has been recognised as the Large Employer of the Year for 2018.

At a ceremony hosted by the Australian Training Awards at the Sydney International Convention Centre, Andrew Hadjikakou, PACCAR Australia Managing Director accepted the award of behalf of the company.

In his acceptance speech he acknowledged the employees and attributed their skills and passion as a defining reason for the PACCAR products it delivered customers.

“It’s their commitment to safety, quality and continuous learning that drives what they do and I am proud to say Kenworth trucks are Australian made, world’s best,” he said.

“The honour of this is in the public acknowledgement of the work PACCAR Australia has done to deliver an exceptional standard of training for our employees and specifically acknowledges the investment made by the company in recent years in Vocational Education and Training of its employees, suppliers and dealer network.”

Vocational training delivered to employees included Diploma Engineering delivered over 18 months conducted in partnership with Box Hill Institute; Certificate III in Automotive Paint in partnership with Chisolm Institute and PPG; and Certificate III Automotive Mechanical Technician in partnership with Kangan Institute.

“In order to provide the highest quality product to our valued customers, we need the best people. To attract highly talented people, among a range of things we offer them the requisite tools and importantly the training and development to not only do their current role but to grow and progress in the company.”

The Large Employer of the Year Award recognises a large business that employs 200 or more full-time equivalent employees, and has achieved excellence in the provision of ‘nationally recognised training’ to its employees. 

This latest award for PACCAR Australia follows recognition it received earlier in the year when it won the Victorian Manufacturing Award for Workforce Development.

The company has twice before won the Victorian State Government’s Employer of the Year (WPC category) Training Awards, and the Federal Government’s Industry Training Award for Manufacturing, in 2012 and 2007, as well as AHRI Awards for Talent Development and Management in 2017 and 2014.

(Image: Andrew Hadjikakou, Managing Director, Noelle Parlier, Chief Engineer, Robert Brierley, HR Director, Miles Ridler, Learning and Development Manager, Andrea Nation, Quality Manager).

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