NatRoad backs youth job plan
Clark says Youth Jobs PaTH program can tackle worker shortage problem
THE NATIONAL ROAD TRANSPORT
ASSOCIATION ( NATROAD) is supporting the federal youth employment scheme in order to encourage young people into the trucking industry.
Announced in the 2016-17 Budget, the $ 760 million Youth Jobs PaTH ( Prepare-Trial-Hire) program promotes training and recruitment of young Australians into various industries, including road transport.
Under the scheme, businesses can train an intern (aged between 17-24 years) for a period of 4-12 weeks.
The internship, which is designed as a pathway into the trucking industry, is a low-risk way for the employer to test the skills of an intern before taking them on as an employee.
If a candidate is taken on for a period of six months or more in a full-time, part-time or casual position, it entitles the business to receive an incentive of $6,500-$10,000 at the end of the trial period.
NatRoad has initiated a live trial of the PaTH program in two major road transport companies in Sydney and Melbourne.
“With the average age of an Australian Truck driver at 53 years, if the industry does not address the issues attracting youth to the industry, we’re on the brink of an employment crisis,” NatRoad CEO Warren Clark says.
“We have already seen a driver shortage in many areas across the country, including the recent problems in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley.”
Clark says the program is a win-win solution for the industry and young people alike.
“It will open doors for young people looking for a long- term, sustainable career in trucking.
“We encourage road transport businesses of all size to consider taking part in the program.”
Clark says NatRoad aims to make young people aware of how viable transport is as a career choice.