Schol­ar­ships for women truck­ies

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

TWO SCHOL­AR­SHIPS TO HELP WOMEN GET STARTED in a ca­reer in road trans­port are to be funded by Fuso New Zealand and TR Group.

e $1145 schol­ar­ships have been do­nated to the Women in Road Trans­port (WiRT) or­gan­i­sa­tion and will be awarded to women keen to get a start in truck­ing but fac­ing ob­sta­cles – such as nan­cial di cul­ties, lack of em­ployer in­vest­ment or lack of condence.

WiRT will in­ter­view schol­ar­ship ap­pli­cants to choose the two “who best demon­strate their mo­ti­va­tion and com­mit­ment to pur­su­ing a ca­reer in the in­dus­try.”

ey will then be en­rolled in an in­ten­sive, fully-funded driver train­ing course run by TR Master Driver Ser­vices – fast-track­ing par­tic­i­pants to Class 2 li­cences (rather than hav­ing to wait the stan­dard six months).

WiRT chair Meryn Mor­ri­son says that the schol­ar­ships will help to over­come some of the bar­ri­ers fac­ing women keen on a ca­reer in truck­ing: “Women have a lot to oœer the in­dus­try, but are of­ten faced with neg­a­tive per­cep­tions, un­con­scious bi­ases and in­cor­rect as­sump­tions about their ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“Our ul­ti­mate goal is to shift the in­dus­try dy­namic as a whole and we’ve found that to do that, we have to sup­port women by build­ing their condence.

“Ini­tia­tives like this one are ex­actly the way to do that, so it’s great to see Fuso NZ and TR Group help­ing to spear­head that change.”

Fuso NZ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kur­tis An­drews says that “di­ver­sity is im­por­tant in any busi­ness or in­dus­try – to chal­lenge con­ven­tion and en­able it to evolve.

“As a peo­ple-cen­tric busi­ness, we’re com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for those in­volved (or look­ing to get in­volved) in our in­dus­try wher­ever we can.

“From a busi­ness and in­dus­try per­spec­tive, this is a win-win – it will hope­fully en­cour­age more women to get in­volved and also help to meet the de­mand for qualied driv­ers,” says An­drews.

TR Group gen­eral man­ager Bren­dan King says that “through our daily in­ter­ac­tion we are acutely aware of the chal­lenges the in­dus­try faces in nd­ing driv­ers.

“We hope the schol­ar­ship will help cre­ate a path­way for more women to en­ter the in­dus­try.

“Ul­ti­mately, more qualied and ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers re­duces pres­sure on trans­port op­er­a­tions, mak­ing them safer and more pro­duc­tive. Women are un­der-rep­re­sented in the trans­port in­dus­try and I can’t see any good rea­son why. Cre­at­ing these op­por­tu­ni­ties makes per­fect sense.”

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