Jobs & Skills

HVIA is committed to promoting the development of the industry through securing a highly skilled workforce to ensure industry’s viability and capacity to deliver innovation.

It does this through a variety of initiatives aimed at addressing the quality and relevance of apprenticeships and traineeships, delivery standards and career promotion.

Jobs Hub
National Apprentice Challenge
Vehicle Manufacturing Hub
Industry Reference Groups

Schools to Industry Tours
National Apprentice of the Year Awards

Latest HVIA news on Jobs & Skills

2022 – 2023 Annual Wage Review Decision Announced

3 June 23

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 5.75% increase to the national minimum wage and a 5.75% increase to award minimum wages following its 2022-2023 annual wage review.


2023 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge results

24 May 23

The 2023 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge went down to the wire before the Queensland team of Lachlan Tate (Brown & Hurley) and Brayden Conaghan (Penske Australia) took out the title with a flawless fault-finding final.


Putting our future in the hands of a new generation

3 May 23

We have been delighted by the enthusiasm from students and their schools to come to the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show to look at career opportunities in the heavy vehicle industry.


Transport and Logistics Jobs Showcase

26 April 23

Workforce and skills shortages are still one of the most pressing issues facing the industry, so we value opportunities like these to talk to job seekers about career opportunities.


Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week media launch

19 April 23

This year’s Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week officially launched at South Bank, Brisbane this week, unveiling the country’s biggest ever program of heavy vehicle events and activities and the largest display of zero-emissions vehicles in the southern hemisphere.


Access eligible workers for entry-level positions

11 January 23

The Federal Department of Employment and Workplace Relations has opportunities available for businesses to deliver projects under the Launch into Work program.


TAFE EV workshop showcases readiness for technology transition

9 November 22

TAFE Queensland demonstrated just how advanced they are in preparing the training arena for the transition to electromobility at their Acacia Ridge Training Centre last week.


Champion apprentices reunite at Supercars GC500

2 November 22

It was worth the wait for 2021 National Apprentice Challenge champions, Luke Kneebone of Webster Trucks in Tasmania and Sam Allan of Ballarat Isuzu.


Albanese’s first budget highlights trouble ahead

26 October 22

The Albanese Government’s first budget, handed down by Treasurer the Hon Jim Chalmers MP in Canberra last night, forecasts skyrocketing energy prices and ongoing inflationary pressures.


Peak bodies unite for Female-Only job seeker plan

5 October 22

Enabling exclusive invitations to females to enter the male dominated heavy vehicle and logistics industries is a win-win – but needs anti-discrimination commission buy-in to proceed.


Who will help with women who weld?

14 September 22

HVIA is looking for a member to host the highly successful “Women Who Weld” program at a Queensland trailer manufacturing facility in early 2023.


Australian Industry Trade College Rookies Challenge

31 August 22

HVIA was recently invited to the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC) Rookies Challenge at Emu Gully.


Shortages, summits and submissions

24 August 22

HVIA is attending the Government’s Transport Jobs and Skills Roundtable this week, to outline the industry’s critical skills shortages ahead of the Prime Minister’s highly anticipated Jobs and Skills Summit.


Step in the Right Direction

9 August 22

more than just a job” campaign, showcasing career opportunities in the heavy vehicle industry to school leavers and other job seekers.


Skills shortages are impacting productivity

27 July 22

In a move welcomed by HVIA, the Albanese Government has already announced a Jobs Summit and one of their first Acts to be introduced, is the legislation to create the new agency Jobs & Skills Australia. 


Year in review 2021/22

29 June 22

A snapshot of some of HVIA’s achievements and benefits to our members during the last financial year.


HVIA campaign to build pipeline of new starters

22 June 22

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.


EOI for Queensland Apprentice trials

20 April 22

Queensland based HVIA members are invited to consider trialling an apprenticeship candidate free of charge who is work ready through the Pre-Apprenticeship Program.


Truck driving apprenticeship to become a reality

21 December 21

“Certificate III in Driving Operations” will see the transport and logistics industry work with states and territory governments to develop a truck driving apprenticeship for the first time.


Is a career with heavy vehicles fate or destiny?

8 December 21

Sometimes, in the face of our problems and challenges, we need to take inspiration from our successes, because the answers might be right under our nose.

One of those is hosting Schools to Industry tours of the Brisbane Truck Show.


HVIA State Committee online special recording – Dec 2021

7 December 21

This is a special recording of the December 2021 HVIA State Committee meeting as the live stream experienced technical difficulties.


HVIA supports TAFE Skillstech Apprentice Awards

1 December 21

Sam Gray was named the TAFE Queensland Skillstech 2021 Heavy Vehicle Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by HVIA, at a gala event in Brisbane last week.


HVIA community partnership delivering skills to industry

25 November 21

The Queensland Department of Education has produced a video highlighting the successful partnership between HVIA and Brisbane’s Glenala Senior High School, supporting their Trades Skills Centre.


National Award winners showcase industry’s resilience

19 November 21

The winners of HVIA’s suite of awards for leadership and innovation in the heavy vehicle sector have been presented at a Gala event in Brisbane.


A pipeline of skilled, smart tradies

29 September 21

A flexible system and a refreshing focus on industry gives HVIA hope that there will be a pipeline of highly educated and enthusiastic tradespeople for many years to come.


Electromobility – a new set of skills challenges

22 September 21

Before the roll-out of zero emissions trucks can happen in earnest, there are a range of significant common challenges that will require a coordinated and strategic approach to resolve.


HVIA interactive online training endorsed to improve heavy vehicle safety

9 September 21

HVIA’s “Safety Through Education” project will receive key funding through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.


Flashback: 2020 National Apprentice of the Year

18 August 21

HVIA’s National Apprentice of the Year Award (sponsored by Warby Tools) has been acknowledging outstanding apprentices for over 35 years.


An online Associate Degree in Engineering with zero course fees

2 August 21

A partnership between the Australian Government and UniSA gives small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to enrol their employees into their 100% online Associate Degree in Engineering with zero course fees.


Exhibit for free at an upcoming Jobs Fair

30 June 21

As a business, attending a Jobs Fair is a great way to promote your available job opportunities directly to job seekers in your local area.


Year in Review 2020/21

21 June 21

The 2020/21 year saw HVIA’s largest membership growth to date, reflecting increased prominence, outcomes and value appreciated by the broader industry.


Invitation to contribute to new automotive training in Australia

26 May 21

PwC’s Skills for Australia and the Automotive IRCs are seeking input and feedback from industry experts on new vocational education and training for the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair (AUR) Training Package.


Southern Team flip the script in HVIA National Apprentice Challenge final

18 May 21

On the first day of competition Jack and Shaneet from the Eastern team took on Beau and Bekitemba from Western team.


The BTS Jobs Hub is an opportunity not to be missed

14 April 21

Almost daily, HVIA encounters anecdotes from our members of the difficulty in recruiting and retaining good employees. Our LinkedIn feed is filled with positions vacant and career opportunities in the industry.


Government Backs Thousands of New Apprentice and Trainee Jobs

9 March 21

HVIA has welcomed the expansion of the Australian Government’s targeted wage subsidy program for apprentices and trainees, as part of the National Economic Recovery Plan.


Funding for women’s leadership development available

10 February 21

Are you a woman working in the transport and logistics industry? Women & Leadership Australia is currently offering scholarships worth up to $5,000 to support participation in an online leadership development program.


Inspiring activations coming to the BTS21 Jobs Hub

3 February 21

It is full steam ahead with preparations for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show and with each week more details are being revealed about exciting displays, events and activations taking place within and alongside the show.


2020 HVIA National Award Winners

20 November 20

Winners of the 2020 HVIA National Awards were announced at a breakfast in Brisbane this morning and broadcast around the country.


Innovation and commitment celebrated at HVIA National Awards Breakfast

20 November 20

HVIA today announced the winners of a suite of awards, for leadership and innovation, in the heavy vehicle sector.


Heavy Vehicles 101 – the new induction course for new starters

30 October 20

HVIA’s online Learning Management System (LMS) is now live with a comprehensive new training package for entrants to the industry, staff in back-of-house or non-technical roles, and industry stakeholder organisations.


National Apprentice Challenge – are you up for the challenge?

21 October 20

The call for apprentices from around the country is out now. The opportunity to compete in the National Apprentice Challenge, with selected teams taking on the best-of-the-best from all over the country, has been raised another notch.


Government going halves on 100,000 new apprenticeship positions

5 October 20

The Morrison Government is backing trades to play a big role in Australia’s economic recovery, offering a 50 per cent wage subsidy on new apprenticeships, effective immediately.


New grants support participation in business events

11 September 20

HVIA is pleased to share with you the Australian Government’s announcement this morning of a $50 million injection into Australia’s vital business events sector ahead of the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show.


2019 National Apprentice of the Year

10 August 20

HVIA’s National Apprentice of the Year Award has been acknowledging outstanding apprentices for over 35 years.


New JobTrainer, plus extensions to JobKeeper and loan guarantees

21 July 20

Significant announcements have been made to stimulus measures over the last few days including and extension and forthcoming changes to the JobKeeper scheme and to SME Loan guarantees, and the new JobTrainer scheme.


JobKeeper extended but there’s a catch

20 July 20

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced the JobKeeper Payment will be extended by six months, offering businesses and their workers a continued lifeline.


JobTrainer Skills Package

16 July 20

The Prime Minister has announced a $2 billion program to give hundreds of thousands of Australians access to new skills by retraining and upskilling them into sectors with job opportunities, as the economy recovers from COVID-19.


Add leadership and communication skills to your new trade

16 July 20

HVIA is one of four peak automotive industry bodies that have partnered to offer the Automotive Industry Ambassador Program for late stage apprentices and early trades people.


Reflections: Here’s to the year ahead

24 June 20

It is at times like these that we need to band together and be there for each other.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking has written to Members reflecting on 2019-20 and outlining HVIA’s year ahead.


Year in Review 2019/20

23 June 20

The 2019/20 year has certainly presented circumstances and a business environment that no one could have predicted, nor would have wished for. That didn’t stop HVIA and its members from rising to the challenges.


Gateway to Industry Work placements Employers Guide

26 May 20

The Gateway to Industry Schools program is addressing the skills shortage issue by investing and creating talent pipelines in high schools.


TAFE Queensland’s free isolearn micro-credentials

29 April 20

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE Queensland, in conjunction with the Queensland Government, is offering a range of free education and training to support individuals, and small, medium and large businesses.


Keeping apprentices in their apprenticeship

1 April 20

Community Solutions, Apprentices and Trainees, have five Heavy Commercial Vehicle Apprentices available for placement with a new host employer.


Automotive skills still vital to Australia’s economy

18 February 20

The skillsets of automotive industry workers set to be displaced by the departure of Holden are still highly sought after in Australia.


Buchholz praises heavy vehicle ingenuity at HVIA Gala Awards

19 November 19

The heavy vehicle industry’s appetite for innovation was quenched at the 2019 HVIA Gala Awards Dinner held at South Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel on Friday night.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz MP praised the quality nominations competing for HVIA’s suite of awards.


Report shows trade studies set students up for a fruitful career

14 August 19

HVIA says Grattan Institute report shows the vast majority of schools are currently a bit blinkered to the opportunities available through trades and other vocational study.


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