Kelvin Byrne-Smith has graduated from a special training program that earned him a Queensland HR truck licence.
Kelvin Byrne-Smith has graduated from a special training program that earned him a Queensland HR truck licence. Brett McWaters

14 truck drivers hit road

GLADSTONE has a new batch of qualified truckies, thanks to a new training initiative.

Late last year, 14 drivers graduated from a heavy rigid driver's licensing course, part of a program developed by Transport and Main Roads in partnership with JJ Richards & Sons, Epic Employment Services and Strategix Training.

The result is good news for Gladstone, which is short of qualified drivers. The Transition program aims to address skills shortages in the transport, logistics and supply chain industry by providing jobseekers with access to training, such as licensing programs.

Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the graduates would boost Gladstone's supply chain. "These skilled graduates are worth their weight in gold to Gladstone's growing economy," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"The program has been really well received in Gladstone and it's exciting to see women interested in non-traditional roles such as truck driving."

Nine men and five women graduated from the program. Three of the graduates also accepted traineeships with JJ Richards & Sons as waste management operators in Gladstone, while others will be employed as part of a traineeship in Certificate III in Transport and Logistics (Driving Operations.)

 

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Ms Palaszczuk said due to the success of the program, other businesses across different sectors in the industry have expressed interest in participating in other skilling programs.

Businesses seeking HR drivers are encouraged to contact EPIC Employment Service on 4972 4833.



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