Volvo concerned about driver shortage
There’s not much point building and marketing new trucks if there’s no one to drive them.
That’s the stark reality that is facing the truck industry in Australia as transport companies struggle to fill driver vacancies.
A common problem in many developed nations, just not enough people want to be truck drivers today.
And with truck sales on the up and Australia’s economy also moving along nicely, the professional driver shortage problem is likely to only get worse.
But Volvo Group Australia wants to help.
Already employing hundreds of Australian workers at their Brisbane manufacturing facility, where Mack and Volvo trucks are built from scratch, Volvo has now put its weight behind a new Driver Academy.
President and CEO, Peter Voorhoeve, recently announced that the company had teamed up with TAFE NSW to help deliver truck driver training to prospective candidates in that state.
Volvo Group is providing trucks that will deliver driving simulators to outer suburban, regional and rural communities.
It’s hoped that training organisations in other states and territories look at delivering similar programs.
Mr Voorhoeve says initiatives like this, and the Volvo-backed Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, can make all the difference.
“We want to sell more trucks, yes, but we also see programs like these as opportunities to help fulfill our obligations as market leaders in Australia.”
Find out more about how Volvo is backing the Australian truck industry in this edition of the Behind the Wheel Podcast which featured Mr Voorhoeve as a guest.