Freight Week People Day

Freight Week 2011 commenced today with the annual People Day session. Over 150 delegates attended the morning session which focused on labour market demand and skills shortages and attracting, training and retaining your future workforce. The afternoon session focused on Industrial Relations and an Automotive Workshop.

Below are some of the highlights from the sessions:

Morning – People Skills & Recruitment Session

Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall MLC, opened the conference. He said the most important resource for businesses were its people and stressed the need for partnerships between industry and training providers to support the growing need for training across the sector.

Philip Lovel CEO VTA said that the transport and logistics industry was fighting for more skill employees with other industries such as mining. In many cases very well trained people such as drivers have been lured to other industries.

Mr Con Deftereos, a consultant for the Australian Mines & Metals association spoke at the conference about the serious shortage of workers and predicted a significant shortage of qualified trades people and engineers.

Afternoon – Industrial Relations Session

The afternoon Industrial Relations session was chaired by Mark Skulley of the Australian Financial Review.  David Gregory, Director Workplace Policy from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Brief discussed the Fair Work Act 2009 and Tim Lyone, Assistant Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions also gave their view.

What’s on tomorrow?

Technology – Technology Day will sum up with the key technologies that will improve productivity and safety as well as play a part in meeting the growing freight demand.  The physical environment in which we work, the key strategies in play that are shaping our future and the technological applications that are attempting to answer the challenge are part of the day’s program.

Waterfront – Waterfront Day features leading speakers from the port community.  It is an opportunity to hear leaders in this field explain the current directions and their plans for the future.  Key issues examined during the day include trade directions and plans for growth, road and rail landside interfaces and the opportunity to improve the empty container management chain.

Service & Repair – Hear from local and global experts as they discuss the changes and debate possible outcomes in what is likely to be a major watershed for the vehicle service and repair sector

If you have not already booked to attend Freight Technology Day or any of the other remaining days of Freight Week, you can enrol at Melbourne Park Function Centre. Details and bookings are available online at

Freight Week 2011 is hosted by the Victorian Transport Association and the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce.  Freight Week 2011 is being held from Monday 5th to Friday 9th September 2011 at the Melbourne Park Function Centre (Tennis Centre).

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