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 16.8% more people in Geelong’s road, rail, sea and air transport services than we 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 a year 10 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 are the jobs for Road Transport worker?
How do I get experience?
At school, look for year 10 work experience opportunities. Ask your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator about a Year 11 /Year 12 Structured Workplace learning placement. For examples check out the Education Department Website.
Left school or seeking a new career in this trending industry?
You can ask a careers that move employer for a voluntary work opportunity. Keep an eye on Geelong Careers for traineeship or apprenticeships opportunities which give you the chance to earn while you learn. Experience will help you stand out. And don’t forget 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 does a Road Transport worker get paid?
Entry level is around $48,591 to about $72,121 per annum depending on experience.
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.