FACT

The best safety feature in ANY truck is a trained driver.


Between 2010 and 2030, the national road freight task is predicted to double.

By 2050, the freight task will triple.

Forecasts indicate 1,000,000+ drivers will be needed to service the country's road freight task by 2030.

By 2025, 50% of today's 600,000 strong truck driver workforce will be over 65.

With the road transport sector predicted to find itself living on the outer limits of solvency in terms of driver shortages over the next decade, Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls – recognising the need for action now – plan to offer newly licensed truck drivers 160 hours industry training and skills development at the organisations Karratha-based National Heavy Vehicle Driver Training Institute.

The first Student intake is scheduled February 1, 2016.

WHO BENEFITS?

STUDENTS

The Pilbara is a truck-driver training utopia. Nowhere else do new truck drivers have the opportunity to experience such freight task diversity and volume. With the world's largest and second largest cargo export ports plus oil, gas and mining entities dotting the region, students will gain skills and experience not available anywhere else in the country. Students also have the luxury of practising and perfecting new skills across thousands of kilometres of low traffic roads.

Benefit by sharing the roads with professionally trained, skilled, competent truck drivers.

Are invited to participate in community road safety education expo's to learn safe driving strategies around heavy vehicles in addition to having the opportunity to chat with drivers.

THE RESOURCE SECTOR

The Road Transport sector is a significant contributor to both Pilbara and national economies through the vital role it plays transporting freight, commodities and infrastructure to and from the major Resource Sector projects that dot the region. The continued success of these projects depends on the Resource Sector's access to a continuing supply of professionally trained, skilled heavy vehicle drivers.

In working to ensure heavy vehicle driver supplies meet future local and national economic demand, Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls have initiated partnership negotiations with a number of oil, gas and mining entities seeking their support in quarantining sufficient, on-going road transport work to meet the meet the needs of the 100's of newly licensed drivers from across Australia eager to participate in the organisation's world-first "truckie" Boot Camps.

In entering into a three way collaborative partnership with Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls and local trucking companies, the Resources Sector – at no additional cost – will not only make a significant contribution to upskilling inexperienced heavy vehicle drivers, it will also make a positive and long-term difference to the economic viability of Pilbara Communities. Most importantly, the Resource Sector will ensure its own long term viability as it contributes to the development of the next generation of professional heavy vehicle drivers.

KARRATHA TRANSPORT COMPANIES

These company owners live, work and invest in the Pilbara. Typically, they employ drivers who also live, work and invest in the Pilbara. Many have committed to supply drivers and working trucks to mentor students in the following areas: Loading, assessing and securing freight in accordance with Chain of Responsibility legislation, conducting daily pre-starts, oversize loads and working with Pilots, interpreting local, intra and interstate permits, complying with fatigue legislation, observing safe work practices, identifying and reporting mechanical problems, hooking up and securing trailers, fueling up, road positioning, truck radio etiquette, sharing the roads professionally, changing tyres, maintaining log books, working with different trailer types and working effectively with heavy vehicle transport compliance authorities.

MAJOR TRANSPORT COMPANIES

PHHG continue to develop strategic placement/training alliances with major industry employers to ensure Graduates transition seamlessly from their Pilbara truck driver boot-camp experience into traineeships. This unique training model continues to generate strong interest as – at no cost to the industry – Students will be assessed by an independent body across 160 hours workplace participation for motivation, attitude, aptitude and suitability to the job. Simultaneously, Students will also have the opportunity to determine if truck driving is a realistic fit with their career expectations. With local trucking companies mentoring newly licensed truck drivers prior to them moving into traineeships with larger employers, the industry as a whole takes responsibility for upskilling, employing and training the next generation of Australian heavy vehicle drivers.

Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls - encouraging industry employers to establish 12-month traineeship opportunities for graduate students.