More women in the industry

According to Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) Director and Chief Operating Officer, Phil Taylor, the notion of males dominating the Australian transport industry is changing thanks to the hard work of countless women.

“While attracting and hiring qualified women in a male-dominated industry can prove to be a challenge, organisations such as Transport Women Australia and Trans-Help Foundation have done a great deal in getting women involved in the transport sector,” said Mr Taylor. 

“These organisations not only promote effective networking and mentoring for women within the industry, they also provide clear career paths and recognition for women who are working in, or want to work in the transport industry.

“Along with promoting professional, sustainable and safe practices, these organisations have also contributed enormously to the psychological well-being of truck drivers and families involved in the transport industry.”

Given the aging workforce of truck drivers, Mr Taylor said is vital to find ways to replace those who reach retirement for the survival and prosperity of the transport industry. He added that business action aimed at getting women involved is a critical first step.

“The annual $10,000 Victorian Government scholarship for females starting a post-graduate degree in the freight, logistics and/or marine-related fields along with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Strategix Training program are great initiatives to get women involved in the industry,” he said. 

“Women make up 50 percent of the population and currently present the transport industry with a large and untapped pool of workers. All should be done to encourage and nurture additional female participation.”

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