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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2011
24X Company profile In the past, when a person trained to be a truck driver in the Australian transport industry, they would undertake state-based truck driver training and assessment which typically led to a Truck Driver Licence. This system allowed a licence to be achieved but didn’t offer drivers many links or credits to a national qualification. As a result, this situation encouraged a culture to develop in the industry that placed the achievement of a licence greater than achieving a vocational qualification. During 2009/10 the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council worked closely with industry and state regulators to embed truck driving licence requirements into nationally endorsed vocational qualifications. This means that new industry entrants, or people up-grading an existing truck licence, will now achieve two things. One, the licence requirements of the vehicle class they are being assessed for (for example, heavy vehicle) and two, a unit of competency from a national training package qualification. It is anticipated that more truck drivers who complete driving licence requirements will continue with their training to achieve a full national vocational qualification and in many cases this will be via a national transport traineeship program. This initiative, and with clear direction from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), means that a fully integrated licence and national training system outcome can be achieved for people in transport training. Geoff Gwilym, CEO of the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council, commented: “This is a major step forward for the alignment of licencing and national vocational qualifications. For the first time a person completing a licencing unit of competency will also have a unit towards a full qualification in transport and logistics.” To find out more please contact John Gilbert at the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council: Phone: 03 9604 7207 Email: email@example.com Website: www.tlisc.com.au Truck Driver Qualifications An overview of how licencing sits inside a national qualification structure Truck Drivers undertaking training now have access to a fully integrated Truck Driver Licence and a national training qualification simultaneously. 317906E_Transport & Logistics | 1699.indd 24 3/29/11 12:02 PM