Scholarships for women truckies
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 condence.
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 oer 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 condence.
“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 qualied 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 qualied 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.”
NZ Express driver Samantha Fraser enjoys working in the industry and looks forward to her future in trucking