Freight and logistics careers promoted at Expo
ON AUGUST 10 AND 11 NATIONAL ROAD CARRIERS ASSOCIATION attended the Freight and Logistics Big Day Out at the Canvas Careers Expo held at the Baypark Arena in Mount Maunganui. We were there promoting the opportunities of a career in the road transport industry to year 11, 12 and 13 students from 18 different schools around the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Thames Valley.
Schools from as far away as Whangamata, Murupara and
Putaruru took part, along with many from the local area. On the Friday, over 200 students who’d been selected after being approached and who had indicated an interest in a career within the freight sector were seen.
On arrival, these students were greeted at our stand before being given a briefing on many industry opportunities. The briefings were held by those who’ve made a success of their involvement in the industry, whether that be in owning their own business, senior management or as enthusiastic young truck drivers.
Among the latter was Anna Scanlyn, a graduate of the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology driver training course. She is making the most of every opportunity, driving a milktanker for Fonterra. Also talking to students was David Rogers from TranzLiquid – the current Road Transport Forum Young Truck Driver of the Year.
After the briefing it was out to the truck display ar ea. Here students could try their hand at some of the interactiv e opportunities available, such as actually driving a truck in a controlled environment, riding the road in a big rig or experiencing a truck-mounted crane or side loader operation. When not doing this, they were just enjoying the great display of trucks and a log handling demonstration from C3.
National Road Carriers members Orion Haulage, TranzLiquid Logistics, Winstones, McLeod Cranes and Hiabs, Fonterra and TR Group were all present and not only loaned v ery well-presented trucks but left the driv ers with them to talk to the students.
These conversations were very important as it gave the students the opportunity to understand how things work at the coalface of our industry.
It was a day that was enjo yed by all and those same volunteers and the equipment stayed on for the Saturday, which was a public open day. We saw students return with family members to show what had enthused them on the F riday. We also had a number of potential emplo yees looking for a change in career which, considering the industry shortage, was gr eat to see. Also, we saw several mothers looking for a r eturn-to-work opportunity, which was particularly satisfying to see.
I have no doubt that what we did was a success, ev en though much of the work may take a fe w years to bear fruit. As an industry we must get people looking at r oad transport as a real career option. Getting school leavers engaged early and having them get a full understanding of the div ersity within the industry is pivotal to this and the E xpo was the perfect vehicle to do it. Here’s to many more! T&D
National Road Carriers members supplied vehicles and - importantly - drivers to help promote the industry as a great career choice