Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery launched the expansion of the innovative Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations Skill Set in Bunbury recently.
After four months of delivery in the metropolitan area, the program will now be delivered through South Regional TAFE to address the shortage of truck drivers in the region.
Stakeholder consultation has been essential to the design and expansion of the program to ensure that the key program outcomes, including licensing and employment, are achieved.
Starting in Term 4, the course coincides with increased workforce demand created by local infrastructure projects including the Bunbury Outer Ring Road.
The program, an Australian first, is increasing skilled workers in this essential service and giving existing workers the opportunity to upskill to more complex combination heavy vehicle driving, increasing industry productivity and safety.
The 10-week driver trainer program helps participants become job ready to join the transport and logistics industry and was developed in response to industry need.
Local company Keens Truck Driver Training is working with the college to deliver the practical elements of the training.
On successful completion, participants obtain a Heavy Rigid; Heavy Combination; or Multi Combination class vehicle licence, and may apply for a forklift (LF) licence.
The course is free for eligible students and the Practical Driving Instruction Training and Assessment and licensing costs are $500 for concession students and up to $1,250 for non-concession students.
The course will be run from the Collie and Bunbury campuses.
For more information on the course see the Heavy Vehicle course page on this website.