The new recently launched job ready Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations skill set will train an estimated 1,000 skilled workers needed by the transport industry to avoid skill shortages.
The six-week program will remove barriers to entry in Heavy Rigid (HR), Heavy Combination (HC) or Multi-Combination (MC) heavy vehicle driving through both theoretical and hands-on practical truck driver training.
Targeted funding for the delivery of industry mentoring for program graduates, will be co-ordinated by Western Roads Federation, and will be crucial for smaller transport companies without the capacity to provide on-the-job training.
The Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations skill set will be delivered in Perth's north-eastern suburbs by Central Regional TAFE and is an expansion of the Heavy Haulage Driving Operations skill set being delivered in Collie, which will transition to this new program.
The new program has been modified to provide students with more of the practical skills needed by industry, including on-road experience. To be responsive to industry need, the short course has been developed to have a strong focus on practical skills and will be an Australian first.
The aim of the pilot is to increase skilled workers in this essential service but also give existing workers the opportunity to upskill to more complex combination heavy vehicle driving, increasing industry productivity and safety.
The course will run for just over six weeks, with the formal training component of the course will be free for job seekers and people under 25*.
*A small contribution will be required for participation in separate practical driving lessons, which will accompany the training.
For more information, visit centralregionaltafe.wa.edu.au/courses or call Central Regional TAFE 1800 672 700.