VTA Academy launches driver cadetship

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) Academy has launched a Driver Cadetship Program in order to attract “the best and brightest” to the commercial road transport industry. The launch is supported by an insurance company which affirmed it would reduce insurance premiums and restrictions for drivers undergoing the Cadetship. 

The VTA Academy Driver Cadetship has been established to tackle the nation's on-going driver shortage and the problem of introducing younger people to the role of professional truck drivers and will  involve real training on real equipment. The Cadet drivers will be brought into businesses and trained on location through a company mentor and with the approved training provider partner of the VTA Academy.

“The training will involve Chain of Responsibility, Fatigue, Heavy Rigid Licence which will include driving at night in the city and on country roads, load restraint, measuring the height of vehicles, all through hands on training supported by academic study,” said VTA Industry Services Manager, John Gilbert OAM, pointing out that the average age of truck drivers is 45+ years (and older in sectors such as line haul), with almost half of existing truck drivers forecast to be at retirement age by 2026.

“One of the major constraints of employers looking for young drivers [21-24] is insurance coverage. As part of the development of the VTA Academy Driver Cadetship we spoke to all the major insurance providers to the transport Industry, all of these providers have shown support of our Cadetship,” Gilbert added.

“To date, Zurich Insurance is the only one that has come forward and offered total support of the program by waiving its normal $2500 excess and removing all restrictions on drivers that complete the Cadetship. In essence, this means a 21 year old driver who has completed the Cadetship will be treated as a normal driver for insurance purposes,” Gilbert added.

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