Skills short­age

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Isuzu’s Phil Tay­lor says ma­jor changes are needed if the in­dus­try is to meet the chal­lenges com­ing in the next decade or so. One of the most press­ing is the re­cruit­ment of young peo­ple. Al­most 46 per cent of the work­force is aged 45 years and over, while 96 per cent of va­can­cies re­main un­filled. Pri­vate driver train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions are help­ing fill the void, but more needs to be done, Tay­lor says. ‘‘If Aus­tralia is to meet the needs of the fu­ture freight task, both the pri­vate sec­tor and gov­ern­ments must work more closely to­wards over­com­ing our skills short­age,’’ he says.

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