Hino at­tracts trainees

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AT the re­cent Nampo har­vest fes­ti­val in Bothav­ille, Ernie Traut­mann, vice pres­i­dent at Hino, ex­plained the com­pany’s learn­er­ship pro­gramme for at­tract­ing younger peo­ple to work at Hino’s 65 deal­er­ships.

The pro­gramme be­gan in Fe­bru­ary and has 12 del­e­gates who spend one week a month at the Toy­ota Academy of Learn­ing in Sand­ton and the re­main­der of the month in their deal­er­ships. The scheme has been ac­cepted so en­thu­si­as­ti­cally that deal­ers want it to be of­fered ev­ery year in­stead of the planned two-year cy­cle.

Del­e­gates sign a con­tract with their deal­er­ship to stay with them for at least two years af­ter com­plet­ing the learn­er­ship.

“This is a very pos­i­tive step as our re­search has shown that more than 70% of Hino sales vol­ume is con­cluded by sales­per­sons who are 50 years or older,” ex­plained Traut­mann.

“We need to at­tract younger peo­ple into the truck­ing busi­ness as many of our cur­rent sales force will be re­tir­ing.”

Com­ment­ing on the truck mar­ket this year, the Hino vice pres­i­dent said that sales in the first quar­ter were bet­ter than ex­pected, show­ing the in­dus­try was sur­pris­ingly re­silient.

“Pub­lic hol­i­days im­pacted on sales in April, but com­bin­ing truck sales for March and April this year and com­par­ing them with the com­bined fig­ures for th­ese two months last year, there is not a big dif­fer­ence in vol­ume. We at Hino are still stick­ing with our orig­i­nal pre­dic­tion of a mar­ket of 26 500 trucks and buses this year,” said Traut­mann. — WR.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Vice pres­i­dent at Hino South Africa, Ernie Traut­mann.

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