Volvo Group backs new women in trucking program

New partnership aims to get more women behind the wheel

Volvo Group Australia has been leading the way in efforts to get more Australians considering a career in the road transport industry.

Now the manufacturer has backed a new program aimed at attracting more women into the truck drivers seat.

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Volvo Group has announced it is joining with Transport Women Australia Limited and Wodonga TAFE to deliver a pilot training program – Women Driving Transport Careers.

Designed to help women obtain a heavy vehicle driver licence, the truck manufacturer will supply a prime mover for the students to gain behind-the-wheel experience.

The four-week intensive training will be offered in metropolitan Melbourne and cover theory, practical training behind the wheel, mechanical appreciation and assessment.

President and CEO of Volvo Group Australia Peter Voorhoeve said the company is proud to be involved.

“Australia is standing on the precipice of a serious truck driver shortage, the effects of which will be felt far beyond the transport industry.

“If the industry does not find ways to attract more drivers to the industry, we will all feel the pain in higher prices for the things that trucks move up and down our highways – food, clothing, construction materials, medical supplies and consumer goods to name just a few.

“As the leading manufacturer of trucks in Australia, we take our role in the industry seriously, which is why we are constantly looking for new ways to grow the heavy transport sector workforce and champion greater diversity in the driver workforce.”

Other driver training programs backed by Volvo Group Australia include a course delivered by Tafe NSW, Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, the as well as the ATA’s Safety Truck road safety program.

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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