Older workers' skills deficit a challenge: TLISC

Poor language, literacy and numeracy are hindering them from utilising technology to broaden their expertise

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | September 12, 2013

With nearly half of the transport and logistics workforce aged 45 years or older, strategies are needed to transfer their knowledge and attract new entrants, the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) says.

Twelve percent of the workforce is aged 60 years or older and is looking to retire within five years.

A further 35 percent is aged between 45 to 59 years old.

Less than half of the workers hold post school qualifications, compared with 63 per cent across all industries.

Poor language, literacy and numeracy skills are hindering them from utilising technology to broaden their expertise, TLISC CEO Robert Adams says.

Employers are addressing skills shortage by offering training and mentoring to existing staff, with regulatory compliance the primary driver in training across all transport and logistics sectors.

The sector is expected to become the largest by 2017, and is predicted to grow by 2.1 per cent.

Nearly 30,000 truck driver job openings are projected for that period.

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