Freight and lo­gis­tics ca­reers pro­moted at Expo

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - Fleet Focus - Story & pho­tos: Ja­son Heather, ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Na­tional Road Car­ri­ers As­so­ci­a­tion

ON AU­GUST 10 AND 11 NA­TIONAL ROAD CAR­RI­ERS AS­SO­CI­A­TION at­tended the Freight and Lo­gis­tics Big Day Out at the Can­vas Ca­reers Expo held at the Bay­park Arena in Mount Maun­ganui. We were there pro­mot­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties of a ca­reer in the road trans­port in­dus­try to year 11, 12 and 13 stu­dents from 18 dif­fer­ent schools around the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Thames Val­ley.

Schools from as far away as Whanga­mata, Mu­ru­para and

Pu­taruru took part, along with many from the lo­cal area. On the Fri­day, over 200 stu­dents who’d been se­lected af­ter be­ing ap­proached and who had in­di­cated an in­ter­est in a ca­reer within the freight sec­tor were seen.

On ar­rival, these stu­dents were greeted at our stand be­fore be­ing given a brief­ing on many in­dus­try op­por­tu­ni­ties. The brief­ings were held by those who’ve made a suc­cess of their in­volve­ment in the in­dus­try, whether that be in own­ing their own busi­ness, se­nior man­age­ment or as en­thu­si­as­tic young truck driv­ers.

Among the lat­ter was Anna Scan­lyn, a grad­u­ate of the Toi Ohomai In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy driver train­ing course. She is mak­ing the most of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, driv­ing a milk­tanker for Fon­terra. Also talk­ing to stu­dents was David Rogers from TranzLiq­uid – the cur­rent Road Trans­port Fo­rum Young Truck Driver of the Year.

Af­ter the brief­ing it was out to the truck dis­play ar ea. Here stu­dents could try their hand at some of the in­ter­ac­tiv e op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able, such as ac­tu­ally driv­ing a truck in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment, rid­ing the road in a big rig or ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a truck-mounted crane or side loader oper­a­tion. When not do­ing this, they were just en­joy­ing the great dis­play of trucks and a log han­dling demon­stra­tion from C3.

Na­tional Road Car­ri­ers mem­bers Orion Haulage, TranzLiq­uid Lo­gis­tics, Win­stones, McLeod Cranes and Hi­abs, Fon­terra and TR Group were all present and not only loaned v ery well-pre­sented trucks but left the driv ers with them to talk to the stu­dents.

These con­ver­sa­tions were very im­por­tant as it gave the stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand how things work at the coal­face of our in­dus­try.

It was a day that was enjo yed by all and those same vol­un­teers and the equip­ment stayed on for the Satur­day, which was a pub­lic open day. We saw stu­dents re­turn with fam­ily mem­bers to show what had en­thused them on the F ri­day. We also had a num­ber of po­ten­tial em­plo yees look­ing for a change in ca­reer which, con­sid­er­ing the in­dus­try short­age, was gr eat to see. Also, we saw sev­eral moth­ers look­ing for a r eturn-to-work op­por­tu­nity, which was par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing to see.

I have no doubt that what we did was a suc­cess, ev en though much of the work may take a fe w years to bear fruit. As an in­dus­try we must get peo­ple look­ing at r oad trans­port as a real ca­reer op­tion. Get­ting school leavers en­gaged early and hav­ing them get a full un­der­stand­ing of the div er­sity within the in­dus­try is piv­otal to this and the E xpo was the per­fect ve­hi­cle to do it. Here’s to many more! T&D

Na­tional Road Car­ri­ers mem­bers sup­plied ve­hi­cles and - im­por­tantly - driv­ers to help pro­mote the in­dus­try as a great ca­reer choice

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