Driver training to be recognised at trucking awards night

The importance of driver training will take centre stage at gala event in June.


Nominations have now opened to recognise a business or program leading the way on driver training in the trucking industry.

The National Training Excellence Award will be presented at this year’s National Trucking Industry Awards.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA), which runs the awards ceremony, says the Training Excellence Award acknowledges those who look to the future of the industry.

"Training is one of the most essential pillars of industry safety. But it’s a quiet achiever – incidents that never happened don’t make media headlines," ATA CEO Chris Melham says.

"Businesses that focus on training look beyond today’s profits to invest in tomorrow. This dedication to safety and our industry’s future deserves recognition.

"With the freight task continuing to increase, we have chosen to recognise driver training as the focus of this year’s award. Even as truck technology continues to improve, the professional driver is still the greatest safety feature."

Nominations must be received by March 21, the same deadline for the other categories that make up this year’s National Trucking Industry Awards.


ATA 2015 - Training Excellence

The 2015 Training Excellence Award went to (from L-R): Ross Fraser, Kenny Easter, Lisa Acret, Darren Nolan, Judy Blennerhassett, Les Blennerhassett, Julie Russell and Brendan Tenison-Woods (DECA).


Along with the Training Excellence gong, the ATA will hand out the Outstanding Contribution, Trucking Industry Woman of the Year and Professional Driver of the Year awards.

The ATA says the Don Watson Memorial Award and the TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award will also be presented on the night.

The event will be held on June 25 on the Gold Coast as part of this year’s Trucking Australia Conference.

Those wanting to nominate someone for an award can do so here.

Last year's Training Excellence Award went to members of the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) for their involvement in the Queensland Government’s GenR8 School to Work Transitions program.

The program has been credited for helping Queensland high school students gain real-life work experience and job opportunities in the transport and logistics industry.

Participants include Nolan's Transport, Followmont Transport, KS Easter, Frasers Livestock Transport, Lindsay Australia and Wickham Freight Lines.


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