Geelong is at the hub of a road, rail, air and sea transport web. With the buying, selling and delivery of so many products via online, our transport, postal and warehousing industry has gone ballistic. We employ 5,416 people in the region, expect a 20.5% growth in jobs in the next five years, and have big projects planned to shore up and extend Geelong’s road, rail, sea and air transport services. Today, for example, 80% more people work in Geelong’s passenger rail system than did in 2006!
What does a road transport worker do?
Transport and logistics road supply chain is a large and diverse industry with a wide range of jobs in ordering, transporting, receiving, sorting, and distributing merchandise within Australia and overseas. Most people (46%) are machinery operators and drivers , but there are IT, clerical and administrative jobs, 22%, labourers, 18%, managers and supply chain professionals 14.8%. The biggest job growth is in trained IT and supply chain professionals who can plan and deliver streamlined road transport solutions. Next-generation information and communications technology (ICT) and organisation systems will play a key role in improving T&L industry performance, lifting productivity and enhancing customer service.
Where can I get trained?
At school by
- Doing year nine work experience with an employer in careers that move
At the Gordon TAFE or other registered training organisation by
- Completing a full time Certificate II , III or IV course in line haul manager, site control manager, warehousing, distribution or supply chain manager. You don’t need an ATAR , but you will need a year 11 completion, and study can take between six months to two years. For other road transport qualifications - like B Double, Semi, Bus or light commercial licence, you will need a road licence.
- You can take an undergraduate degree at university in Transport and Logistics, Supply Chain manager, Line Haul Manager or Warehouse Distribution Manager.
On the job
- Look for a school based apprenticeship or full time apprenticeship with G Force, an individual employer or another apprenticeship provider.
Where can I get experience?
Look for year 10 work experience opportunities on the GRVEC site, or ask your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator. You can also ask a careers that move employer for a voluntary work opportunity. Keep an eye on Volunteering Geelong website for industry related voluntary opportunities.
Keep an eye on the Volunteering Geelong website.
What do I need to be good at?
- IT (if you are working in careers that move systems)
- Working in a team
- Problem solving
- Attention to detail
- Creative responses to challenges
- Following directions
- Work related literacy and numeracy
- Working with a wide range of service providers
How much do I get paid?
The average road transport worker makes $950 per week
What can this job lead to?
Qualified road transport workers can progress, through study and experience into other transport and distribution areas like rail, sea, and air as managers, warehouse managers, IT professionals, supply chain consultants, export and distribution professionals.