Following a successful pilot, the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) is set to roll out a mentoring program nationally to encourage women to enter into the transport and logistics sector.
ALC chairman Ivan Backman said the decision came as the Moving Women Forward test program of 20 women from 16 T&L companies has been highly successful.
“As a traditionally male-dominated environment, with an estimated 75% of the T&L workforce being men, combined with growing skills shortages, it is vital we as an industry encourage the attraction and retention of women in key roles,” he said.
ALC program director Melinda Buker said the 10-week pilot program, mainly based on South East Queensland, has enabled the female participants to gain key skills that are implementing in the workplace, providing them to drive their careers forward in T&L.
“The pilot program involved women from diverse roles in T&L, including a network controller for QR, a logistics support officer for BlueScope Steel and an environmental planner for the Port of Brisbane among others,” Ms Buker said.
“Organisations with women who would like to be part of the national roll-out can contact the ALC. All industry organisations are encouraged to get behind this program and to encourage their women to step-up, take the challenge, and drive their careers in T&L forward.
“In addition women without prior qualifications or with qualifications older than seven years will be eligible for government funding and receive a TAFE Certificate 4 on completion of this course,” she said.
The program, developed by Emberin in partnership with Queensland Transport, is part of the industry’s initiative to tackle the looming skills shortage in the sector.