Hino attracts trainees
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.
Vice president at Hino South Africa, Ernie Trautmann.