Hino draws on international recruits to fill skills deficit


Truck mechanics from the Philippines to be trained locally

Hino draws on international recruits to fill skills deficit
Hino expects 18 successful candidates to arrive in Australia in April 2020

 

Hino Motor Sales Australia (HMSA) has devised a recruitment program to draw skilled workers from the Philippines and train them locally – addressing what it says is a national shortage of skilled heavy vehicle mechanics.

The maker says the new international recruitment program builds on the success its individual dealers have experienced.

"While some Hino dealerships have been successfully recruiting overseas technicians for over 10 years, we believe we are one of the first truck manufacturers in Australia to undertake a company-wide program such as this," HMSA general manager – product support Greg Bleasel says.

"The shortage of technicians is not a new problem and it is industry wide, so much so that heavy vehicle mechanics are recognised as a skill shortage on the Australian Government’s Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List."

Experienced automotive and truck industry recruiters in the Philippines will be joined by a team from HMSA and its dealer network later this month to evaluate potential candidates in a face-to-face interview process that will include a theory test, component identification test and English language skills.


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Hino expects 18 successful candidates to arrive in Australia in April 2020 and then undergo an extensive training program at Hino Australia’s Sydney headquarters before starting work in participating Hino dealerships.

"Our focus in the program will be on the quality of the people themselves, then through thorough training equipping them with all the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure Hino Australia’s exacting standards are delivered in service at all times," Bleasel adds.

"We consider our training to be industry-leading, starting with a comprehensive induction program and ongoing training courses, mentored by highly-skilled trainers and industry professionals.

 "Learning is ongoing to support the latest in technology and equipment and there is also the opportunity to test skills and knowledge at our annual Skills Contest."

Hino dealerships participating in the new recruitment initiative include Adtrans Hino, CMI Hino Melbourne and Adelaide, Prestige Hino, Sci Fleet Brisbane, Wagga Trucks and WA Hino.

 

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