Women wanted to work in logistics

attendants at ALC's women mentoring program

With Australia’s skills shortage hitting hard the transport sector, the Queensland division of the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has launched a mentoring program for women to attract female employees to the industry once typified as male-dominant. 
Industry leaders are raising their concerns over the ageing workforce of the transport and logistics sector, saying meeting future freight demands will become impossible without injecting new employees.
The program, My mentor: challenging women to step up, is to be piloted by the ALC and 22 women from various T&L organisations, aiming to foster a partnership with females already in the industry and pave the way for more to follow.
Principal consultant to the Australian Diversity Council Maureen Frank, who created the program, said there is proof of the connection between business performance and companies that recruit, develop and advance women.
“Companies who break down gender barriers and embrace diversity go on to be more successful because of increased corporate culture and improved employee performance,” she said.
“The key is not to turn around overnight and start hiring women, but rather to start by creating an inclusive and supportive work environment that is focussed on developing and leveraging diversity.”
ALC program director Melinda Buker said the women in the pilot represent a diverse range of organisations and show women can fill any role in the transport and logistics sector.
“The enthusiasm these organisations are demonstrating by encouraging their female staff to develop their skills and excel will benefit women, not just in their own companies, but the T&L industry as a whole,” Ms Buker said.

“Women may be the missing link that could save the T&L industry.”

Following the Queensland-based trial, the ALC will examine the opportunity to roll out the program nationwide.

The program consists of a DVD, CD and comprehensive workbook.

For more information on the program, visit www.emberin.com.


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