Women Take the Wheel program recognised for leadership

Australian-first program, Woman Take the Wheel, was named highly commended in the recently announced ACLF Awards. The innovative program has been led by the department and the Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Group Queensland (TLWAG-Q).

Transport and Main Roads General Manager (Rail, Ports and Freight), Sal Petroccitto, who is also the TLWAG-Q Chair, said the program was designed to increase the number of women in the transport, logistics and supply chain industry.

“The partnership is a critical step in addressing industry skill shortages and providing employment outcomes, which enables industry to get on with the important task of Connecting Queensland,” he said. “It encourages women to pursue a career in the predominantly male transport, logistics and supply chain industry.”

Petroccitto also said the program’s focus was a direct response to only 23 per cent of roles in the industry being held by women – many in traditional occupations. “I’d like to congratulate and acknowledge the achievements of TLWAG-Q and the industry through this program,” he said.
“The program, delivered via our Transform unit, demonstrates the department’s commitment to strengthening the industry’s workforce capability.”

Transform Director, Louise Perram-Fisk said the program also aimed to create pathways to promote careers, while still retaining and engaging current female employees and supporting the industry through practical guidance and resources. “In the past, the transport, logistics and supply chain industry has found it difficult to recruit women but this program is really helping businesses to be leaders in equal opportunity employment.”

“Women Take the Wheel builds on the department’s commitment to supporting and promoting diversity in the industry with our women’s mentoring and female youth engagement programs dating back to 2007,” he said.

Last year the Women Take the Wheel Pilot program won the Australian Trucking Association Training Excellence Award and was a finalist in the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service Delivery.

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