After participating in individual career planning interviews, a group of 21 Electrolux Home Products employees at the company’s refrigeration plant in Orange are this week completing a Certificate II in Road Transport and will gain their Heavy Rigid Driver’s Licence.
As part of the week long intensive course, the students received heavy vehicle driver training in TAFE Western’s state of the art mobile simulator which is housed inside a pan-tech truck.
Student Jason King said, “I have been working at Electrolux in Orange for approximately 12 years now, have a young family and no post school qualifications.
“The Road Transport Course has been excellent in preparing me for obtaining my heavy rigid licence. I have also gained new skills in properly securing a load and Work, Health and Safety procedures.” Jason said, “I believe this course will help me get a job as a local delivery driver.”
Another Electrolux employee, Gary Rosser also hopes to gain employment in the transport industry. Gary said, “TAFE Western’s Heavy Vehicle simulator is a great way to get a feel for driving a truck. It is so real with lots of different scenarios including night driving, a truck tire blowing out and heavy winds swaying the vehicle.
“I have been working with Electrolux in Orange for 35 years now. I started there when I was 19 year old. I was a little apprehensive about going to TAFE however I have learnt heaps and the teachers have been very approachable and helpful.”
The average driver makes around 500 decisions for each 100km they drive.
There are shortages of skilled workers in the transport industry and predictions indicate that road freight will double by 2020.
Ray Driscoll, TAFE western’s Specialist Road Transport Teacher said, “This type of training in a safe environment is the ideal way for students to gain the experience and skills needed to drive heavy vehicles without putting at risk the health and safety of others on the road.”
The 21 Electrolux employees have completed subjects in load restraint, workplace documentation, fatigue management and navigation.
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