Skills package to provide pathway to industry


New $1 million government skills package will be used to train about 400 heavy vehicle drivers across the state

April 26, 2012

A new $1 million government skills package will be used to train about 400 heavy vehicle drivers across the state.

Dubbed Transition 2012, the program aims to address skills shortages by providing the transport industry with heavily subsidised training for truck and bus drivers.

Transition will train participants in a nationally accredited and industry endorsed skills set. The courses include truck driving licences for new entrants and multi-combination licence upgrades for existing drivers.

Drivers can upgrade from a heavy rigid and heavy combination licence to a multi-combination licence, with employers or existing workers required to pay only 15 percent of the course costs.

The program will be run by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, with funding coming from Skills Queensland along with input from the Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Group Queensland.

The group’s memberships includes some of the industry’s leading representatives, including Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) CEO Peter Garske, Hawkins Transport CEO Roz Shaw and the National Learning and Development Manager of NQX College, Bill Potter.

Transport and Main Roads says more than 100 people have completed the Transition program and obtained a new or upgraded licence and nationally recognised vocational competencies.

"Transition will increase your workforce capability by ensuring you have skilled and licensed employees to keep your rigs on the road," it says.

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