Building industry staffing levels high on the VTA agenda

Skills, training and the overall attractiveness of the transport industry as a career choice for staff are key issues to be tackled at the upcoming conference of the Victorian Transport Association

The important issue of skills and training is set be a key issue at the VTA State Conference 2023 in a focussed session where experts from industry, government and regulators will present a range of views and answer questions from delegates.

VTA CEO Peter Anderson says it’s an important issue for the industry right now.

“In the context of labour and driver shortages, there has never been a better time to gain information and insights into how to attract and retain people in your business.

“Kicking off our skills training discussion is Logical Staffing Solutions CEO Russell Hutchinson. Under Russell’s leadership, Logical has been recruiting talent for the transport industry for over 20 years and he is uniquely placed to offer insights on why our industry has experienced such pronounced labour fluctuations, as well as solutions for operators to consider to attract and retain staff.

“We’re also pleased to welcome Freight Victoria senior executives Antoinette Batista and Jess Murdoch to the Conference who, along with the VTA’s Tim Garnett, will outline how joint Victorian Government and VTA programs are actively working to attract people to our industry,” Anderson says.

The Victorian Government’s Women in Transport Strategy and Freight Industry Jobseekers Project were specifically developed by government with the VTA to attract people that aren’t typically associated with the freight industry.

“In conjunction with Armstrong’s Driver Training, we’ve trained and placed numerous candidates in transport jobs, and I also look forward to welcoming Armstrong’s CEO Craig Nicholson who will join Antoinette, Jess, and Tim to outline the success of the programs to date,” Anderson says.

Victoria’s Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner Steve Dargavel is also joining the Conference line-up to outline the Labour Hire Authority’s implementation of the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018. The Authority is responsible for licensing labour hire providers and undertaking education, enforcement, and compliance activity.

Anderson says at the heart of the issues to be discussed at State Conference 2023 are the people who are the lifeblood of the transport industry.

“We’ve made People First – Managing Transport’s Greatest Asset our Conference theme because it’s never been more important than it is now to tackle head-on what might be holding people back from joining our great industry,” Anderson says.

Proudly sponsored by TWUSUPER, State Conference 2023 is being held from Sunday 19 – Tuesday 21 March at Silverwater Resort, Phillip Island. Information on Conference packages and pricing the VTA is offering can be viewed here, and to register online you can follow this link.


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