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VTA driver training program receives further Govt funding

The Victorian Government is injecting an extra $1 million into training more heavy vehicle drivers to keep supply chains moving, in partnership with the Victorian Transport Association (VTA).

The VTA’s Driver Delivery program aims to tackle heavy vehicle driver shortages in addition to improving safety on roads.

It is tailored to attract and retain younger drivers by offering accredited training for aspiring heavy vehicle drivers and assisting them in securing employment.

Since its launch in 2016, the program has received continuous investment from the Victorian Government resulting in the training and placement of nearly 400 drivers.

In a statement published online yesterday, the Victorian Government revealed it will be funding an additional $1 million towards the program.

“This partnership will see more Victorians get skilled up and behind the wheel to keep our state’s multi-billion-dollar freight industry moving,” said Minister for Ports and Freight, Melissa Horne.

Victoria’s freight industry, which contributes $21 billion annually to the state’s economy, employs more than 260,000 Victorians who play a crucial role in maintaining supply chains.

The VTA coordinates training with qualified providers and helps graduates secure stable positions with reputable transport companies.

“The transport industry requires qualified and job ready drivers to ensure Victorians can maintain the high living standards they are accustomed to and help address supply chain challenges,” said VTA CEO, Peter Anderson.

The Government’s partnership with the VTA to address skill shortages follows the success of the 2023 Freight Industry Training for Jobseekers project, which facilitated employment for more than 125 individuals in freight and warehousing.

In other news, Toll Group has announced the construction of a new 10,000-square-metre state-of-the-art healthcare facility at Tullamarine, near Melbourne.

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