There are those that are born to be academics and there are those that are great at being doers, those that get on with it. Without transportation of goods, where would we be? A famous Australian once said,’ My father was a truck driver. That’s where it all started, and academically I was a disaster at school. My cousin got his name on the honour board; I, at Melbourne High School, I carved mine on the desk’. That person was Lindsay Fox, one of Australia’s wealthiest men. Getting a license was enough to be a driver in the good old days, but today transport companies want more. The industry has become more professional. It requires drivers with good language, literacy and numeracy skills, who understand their vehicles and its capabilities, adapt to technology, deal with customers diligently, problem solve and move into higher roles, with formal qualifications.
A starting point could be the Certificate III in Driving Operations that addresses the points above and more. The great thing about this qualification is that it can be delivered in the workplace as a traineeship. With the chain of responsibility in the Supply Chain Industry, drivers are responsible for ensuing their loads are secure, documentation is completed accurately, data is imputed into devices correctly. Today, it’s a far more digitalised world than ever before and having a heavy vehicle license is only a small component of the job. As a person progresses in the transport industry from vehicle to office, other skills are required. Courses such as the Certificate IV in Logistics teaches the individual about;
- Quality management
- Supervision of individuals and teams
- Transport management
- Information Management
- Procurement Management
Too often have I seen great drivers move into supervision roles only to fail because they were not provided with the right skills and tools to succeed. Just because you’re a great driver, doesn’t mean you will automatically be a great supervisor. To consolidate ones skills and progress further, should they wish to, the Diploma of Logistics, provides this opportunity. The Diploma program, teaches individuals about the logistics industry that provides broader skills and knowledge such as;
- Managing the logistics operations and various modes i.e. warehousing, shipping, transport, manufacturing, suppliers etc.
- Interacting and managing customers and expectations
- Safety, including fatigue management
- Storage, accounting and selecting the appropriate technology
- Export logistics
Having spent 16 years in the industry myself, I have seen a lot of changes and progress. It’s an industry with many opportunities, that could end up leading you in to various roles.