Award win­ner Pol­glase sees progress

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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

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