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Scania hosts female workers of tomorrow in Brisbane

The Richland branch of Scania Australia hosted 40 female students from the nearby Glenala State High School last week on International Women’s Day.

Students with an interest in working within the transport industry got an up close sneak peak of what goes on in a truck and bus retail dealership.

Meeting with Scania Australia female employees, the students received insights into some of the varied areas of the transport industry including working as a diesel apprentice to warehousing, administration and financial control.

On hand were People and Culture Director Michele Gellatly, Scania Manager of Truck Rental and Used Truck Sales Anna-Marie Taylor, National Dealer Development Manager France Sotogi, Branch Manager Rachel Kairuz, as well as the Scania Richlands’ second-year apprentice technician Jessie Woehrle, and apprentice Parts Advisor Shani Byrnes.

Scania Queensland Regional Executive Manager, Richard Singer provided an overview of his own rise through the ranks and international postings for several global companies before the girls were sent off to examine some Scania trucks, and be driven around the premises by Scania Driver Trainers.

A technician using a Scania service laptop gave a demonstration to the students of how to identify ‘faults’ on a truck while other groups heard employment histories from a selection of the Scania female employees, and were introduced to some pathways into the industry from TLI Connect and QMI Solutions.

Trucking operators Michael and Megan Mahon provided a brand-new Scania prime mover as a backdrop for the day’s events, and Megan shared her views of life in the industry from a female truck fleet owner’s perspective.

At the end of the day’s events, the girls were presented with a certificate and a group photo taken in front of the Mahon truck.

Kate Crowdy, a Year 10 student, currently studying a certificate II in Automotive, is a long-time fan of cars and trucks.

“When I heard we were coming here, I was pretty excited to find out more about how to become a diesel mechanic, I want to be one, and I have found out heaps.

“I found out that when I am 17 I can get an apprenticeship here (at Scania).  I want to work with trucks. I am already on the pathway to starting as an apprentice,” Kate said.

“I pushed hard to get into the Automotive course and my school has been very supportive. It has been a very good day and I feel like I don’t want to leave,” Kate said.

The aim of the day, according to Singer, was to broaden the appeal of the transport industry to a new generation of Australians, and to show that it was not the male-dominated industry it has long perceived to have been.

“Globally and locally, Scania offers a rich and rewarding array of job opportunities at all levels for female workers, and we have several very senior positions filled by very experienced and successful women, from National Dealer Development Managers to our CFO,” he said.

“We are starting to see a shift as more females take up roles in the workshop as  apprentices and technicians, as well as in key positions such as finance, marketing, dealer development and dealership management,” said Singer.

“We welcome applications from women across the business, and we offer a safe and equitable workplace. One of our core values is respect for the individual which places everyone on an equal footing within the business.”

Singer said employees at Scania had been drawn from dozens of countries from around the world and that for long term prospects the company employed many staff members who had been with the company for more than 30 years.

“We are at the cutting edge of environmentally-friendly transport solutions, with the cleanest trucks and buses available, as well as a range of vehicle engines on offer that can run on low emission alternative and renewable fuels,” he said.

“This event, held on International Women’s Day was designed to show young women that there are many different and rewarding career prospects within the transport industry, and that they would be very welcome to come to work for us as we grow our business in Australia, and particularly in Queensland,” said Singer.

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