HVIA campaign to build pipeline of new starters

Members are invited to get involved in a new HVIA campaign showcasing career opportunities in the heavy vehicle industry to school leavers and other job seekers.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the industry takes its investment in its future workforce seriously.

“Our industry is crying out for more workers to fill positions across almost every part of their businesses,” Mr Hacking said.

“It is an industry with enormous number of opportunities for diverse and rewarding career paths.

“There is a lot of scope for Government at both State and National level to help, but we are also being proactive about creating our own pipeline.

“This campaign is targeting school leavers and job seekers, so we are inviting HVIA members put your hands up and give these young people a go.

“We know that once they get their foot in the door most will stay in the industry for life.”

Mr Hacking noted that Australia’s closed borders during the height of the COVID pandemic had a big effect on the industry’s workforce.

“At a time when demand is at its peak, the availability of skilled workers in factories and workshops is under duress.

“However, this is not entirely a new problem.

“For years our industry has been seeking government support to promote heavy vehicle automotive trades to school leavers – the skills that are at the core of our manufacturing base.

“There are also worrying shortages across the automotive mechanical and technology trades as well.

“We are working on a variety of strategies with Government and directly to schools to make sure school leavers are exposed to these opportunities.

“In the meantime, this campaign is one step towards creating a pipeline of new starters.”

Mr Hacking said the campaign is kicking off with ads running in special magazines being produced by News Limited’s special projects team, which will reach over 450,000 kids.

“My challenge to HVIA members is to not let their interest go to waste,” he said.

“Don’t miss out on the opportunity to engage with kids who are taking first steps in establishing their own careers.”

You can see HVIA’s campaign webpage here:

Contact HVIA Workforce Development Manager Paul Woodland to register your interest. P.woodland@hvia.asn.au

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