Freight Industry Training Puts Women In The Drivers Seat

We're helping to provide more direct pathways for women to fill critical roles in the freight and logistics industry through the Freight Industry Training for Jobseekers Project.

Participants are now driving heavy vehicles and forklifts and are working in warehousing thanks to the $3 million project being delivered by Freight Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) to fast-track 125 jobs in the sector over the next two years.

The project is training candidates to secure long-term job opportunities to ensure essential supplies get to where they need to be.

Upon completing at least two of the project programs, participants are job-ready for a career in transport and logistics. The VTA provides ongoing support to both employees and transport companies to ensure they are set up for long-term success.

A specific focus has been recruiting those whose employment was heavily affected by the pandemic, including women (specifically those over 45 years old), people under the age of 25, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Women currently make up just 16 per cent of workers in the freight and logistics industry.

The freight sector contributes $21 billion to the state’s economy each year and employs more than 260,000 people. Victoria is also home to the Port of Melbourne – Australia’s busiest port.

Jobseekers can sign up to the Jobs Victoria Online Hub to express interest in these vital roles: https://jobs.vic.gov.au/help-for-jobseekers/register-to-find-job-and-training-opportunities