TIL Freight
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Thumbs Up Program

May 11, 2018

This month John Bond, RTA spent some time with our  Aileen Clark form TIL/TNL visiting two Area High Schools and one primary in Murchison, Rai Valley and Canvastown.  They have all agreed to sign up to the Goodwill Agreement and introduce the Thumbs Up heavy truck road safety program.

“This has been an amazing achievement and TNL has taken the initiative to actually become involved with Area Schools.  Ideally they will look at introducing the transport industry as a pathway to employment opportunities for senior students in the near future.” Said John

“The need to find other options to service the driver shortage, and any other positions that are available, start now as these students look at educational pathways within the working environment.  TIL/TNL will be able to take this opportunity to look at cadetships, scholarships, and/or apprenticeships if we can find a way to attract new employees into our industry.  Senior level schools lack information about career opportunities and pathways in the transport industry, leaving themselves behind the eight ball.”

“Obviously it is important to support the schools in preparing and teaching our young to drive, thus ensuring a full Class 1 license has been achieved as soon as they reach the legal age.  The Goodwill Agreement should help assist the schools students looking at reaching a Class 2 and 4 before leaving their High School at age 18 to 19.  This would be a great advantage to our industry, capturing these young hopefuls at an early age, but by this time with a strong knowledge and pathway direction into the transport industry.”


Article written by John Bond, RTA – Christchurch, North Canterbury, Buller, Nelson, Marlborough


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