Veolia receives TLISC Award for Innovation & Excellence in Workforce Development

The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC), an independent not-for-profit organisation established by the Australian Government, has again honoured “exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions” to training and workforce development in Australian.

Representatives from industry, government and the tertiary education sector gathered in Melbourne last week to celebrate those organisations that went the extra mile in 2014 to train and educate their staff.

The TLISC Awards for Innovation & Excellence in Workforce Development in the Road Transport category went to  Veolia Environmental Services, a  global company providing environmental services for water, waste management and energy.

“Veolia Environmental Services’ workforce is made up predominantly of Heavy Vehicle Operators, which represent the company to clients and the general public. To emphasise their public role and job importance, Veolia aimed to provide more holistic training for their drivers beyond the required Heavy Vehicle Licence,” TLISC said.

The training program included both Certificate II in Driving Operations (Medium Freight) and Certificate III in Driving Operations (Heavy General Freight). Across South Australia, 163 drivers commenced the program, which had a 3.5 year horizon, and 42 employees have now completed the training.

Toll Customised Solutions won the Award in the Logistics & Warehousing category. “Toll Customised Solutions’ genuine interest in further developing people in the Logistics and Warehousing industry recognised that a new set of skills was needed to complement their existing employee logistics capability and experience.

“With the assistance of TLISC, Toll introduced a training program to upskill employees in Lean leadership and Lean methods while also integrating an update of core logistics skills,” the jury said.

The TLISC Chairman’s Award went to Tasmania’s De Bruyn’s Transport. “In early 2011, De Bruyn’s Transport embarked on a cultural change program implementing the TruckSafe Industry Accreditation program,” TLISC said.

“Significant elements of their change program involved developing career paths and embracing qualifications for their entire workforce. They aimed to break the mentality of ‘I am just a dumb truck driver’ and, using the TLI10 training package, provide everyone with a minimum Certificate III level qualification.”

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