JJ Richards recognised for training program

Waste transporter JJ Richards and Sons recognised for efforts to attract young people to transport and logistics

September 3, 2010

Queensland-based waste transporter JJ Richards and Sons has been recognised for its efforts to attract young people to the transport and logistics industry.

The company was awarded the Industry Futures Award by the Queensland division of the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia for its School-to-Work program.

The program provides school-based apprenticeships through a joint scheme involving local schools, Queensland Transport and JJ Richards and Sons.

The SCLAA says the program has "blazed a trail" for transport and logistics in Queensland and engaged young people. The Award is designed to recognise those companies that give people a pathway in to the industry.

JJ Richards competed against Tarong Energy and Polar Fresh Cold Chain Services for the Award.

ProcureNet Queensland won the Experience Pays Award for addressing skills issues in the transport and logistics industry through the Skills Formation Strategy project.

"This industry desperately needs more people like John Edwards," the SCLAA says.

Bree Pitcher from Tarong Energy took home the Future Leaders Award, which recognises those working in the industry and planning a career in transport and logistics.

"She continually and successfully negotiates and awards important contracts for Tarong and is an active contributor to industry outside her workplace in such initiatives like the development of the SCLAA Young Professionals Group and Leadership Mentoring Program," the SCLAA says.

Pitcher just beat Daniel Clarke from NQX Freight System for the award. A pick-up and delivery supervisor, Clarke received a high commendation from the SCLAA.

The Queensland awards are a feeder program for the Australian Supply Chain and Logistics Awards, which will be held in Sydney on October 28.

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