Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Transport & Logistics sector celebrates new training program

A new industry-led Transport & Logistics programme will soon begin in South Canterbury, following substantial collaboration between local businesses, Ara Institute of Canterbury and key organisations.

Enrolments are open for the New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) Level 3, which commences at Ara’s Timaru campus in late October. Enquires were already being received before the programme had been launched.

The programme aims to fill the need for skilled transport and logistics workers in South Canterbury and to get more skilled drivers on the road. The transport and logistics industry is a large employer within South Canterbury, and it is growing.

“Historically there has been a gap in the region, in the transport & logistics sector that offered a training and educational pathway for people to kick start their careers in this field,” Alle McGrath, Chief People Officer at Hilton Haulage, says.

As chair of the new Transport & Logistics Group overseeing the initiative, McGrath is pleased with the outcomes. “With the challenging nature of the licencing process, it has been difficult to provide opportunities in terms of ‘opening the doors’ to people with little to no experience at driving trucks and operating forklifts. This program now provides that opportunity for South Canterbury.”

Industry partners informed the content of the 30-week programme and an industry panel will continue to ensure the programme delivers the key skills, knowledge and competencies that industry expects.

CEO of the Road Transport Association, Dennis Robertson says the programme is “a great initiative for South Canterbury and the industry at large to address the most pressing problem we have - the driver shortage”.

Over 22 local businesses in the T&L sector have been involved in helping to drive the new course, working together for the good of the sector. “The fact that it has been designed and moulded by industry in a collaborative way, means that it has been set up for success – a program that is targeted, relevant and includes a substantial dose of work placement within industry,” McGrath says.

Students gain their Class 2 licence on week two of the course, which means that they can hold their Class 4 licence by the time the course finishes. Students also gain their F endorsement, First Aid Certificate as well as many other key skills such as loading and unloading, risk management, route planning, dynamics and handling, customer service skills and fatigue management.

“Success will be well rounded, skilled and qualified students that complete the program with the requirement licences, with a solid chunk of work experience gained on the ground, in the workplaces that they will gain permanent employment. It’s a win, win for employers and students,” McGrath says.

Industry partners, including Timaru Container Terminal, Moloney Distribution, Pye Group, H & J Bruce Transport, Fonterra and Fulton Hogan are more than ready to back the new programme. “The launch will be well supported and welcomed in the region. We could say it is well overdue. Other regions have had success in this space and we have spent time looking at their successes and learning from the programmes they have in place currently.”

“The dedication from the industry to date, to support this programme and work with Ara to produce a programme that will deliver the outcomes we need – more skilled, motivated drivers and operators - suggests that there is a lot of interest and confidence in what the program will deliver.”

Industry partners have committed to providing students with work placement opportunities and providing ongoing feedback to Ara, to make the programme as practical and relevant as possible.

Hilton Haulage is already gearing up to participate. “Like other local transport operators, Hilton Haulage will be providing work placement experience to students on the program, giving them hands-on, practical, real-life experience within the transport environment. The program will be run with “everyday transport life” in mind – for example, students will be required to complete a logbook for each day on the program, whether they are in the classroom or out in the field.”

Aoraki Development, Ara, South Canterbury Chambers of Commerce and industry partners have worked collaboratively on this course over past months including showcasing the opportunities showcased the opportunities in the industry to secondary school students at an event in March as a lead up to the programme launch.

Students will be assessed to make sure they are suitable for the programme and ready to succeed in the industry.

Programme information is available on the Ara website: www.ara.ac.nz/study-options/our-study-interest-areas/transport-and-logistics and enrolments are open on 0800 24 24 76.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Hong Kong Protest Movement

Nearly ten weeks after the huge Hong Kong protests began, managing to still get 1.7 million people onto the streets in the rain is a testament to how strong the pro-democracy movement has become...

The pro-democracy protests enjoy huge support among Hong Kong’s youth, partly because the democratic systems currently at risk have only a limited time span. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Welfare: More Measures To Help Those Facing Homelessness

Ministers have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies. The funding will also provide additional wrap around services. More>>

ALSO:


Corrections: New Strategy On Māori Reoffending And imprisonment

Authentic co-design with Māori, incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview, and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ new departmental strategy designed to address the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending and imprisonment. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>

ALSO:

Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>

ALSO:

Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>

ALSO:

Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels