Award winner Polglase sees progress
National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year confident of the industry’s future
HER TIRELESS work in establishing a workforce development program has seen All Purpose Transport ( APT) project manager Belinda Polglase named the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year.
The second-generation operator, whose parents, Trevor and Pam White, founded the Brisbane-based transport company, was recognised at Australian Trucking Association’s Trucking Australia 2018 Industry Awards for improving the industry.
Polglase has led the program since its inception five years ago, establishing a commercial relationship with Queensland TAFE to fund the program and fully qualify its 300 staff, of which 220 are owner- drivers, up to a certificate three level.
The company’s turnover continues to increase as it offers staff the opportunity to upskill through training as a way to add value to the company. APT has continued with the program despite the National Workforce Development Fund closing last year, saying its well- trained workforce has led to a 200 per cent increase in turnover of business and helping to grow its refrigerated fleet from five to 35 trucks and vans.
She also established an internship for unemployed youth in Berrinba where its new warehouse was opened three years ago.
“It was a huge honour to be awarded this in front of so many of my industry peers and to follow in the footsteps of such talented winners before me,” Polglase tells
“It is great recognition for myself and APT as it highlights all the great things our business has been working on and achieved over the years.”
Belinda Polglase, right, accepts the award from Cummins South Pacific MD Stephanie Disher