Time is running out for anyone wanting the chance to fast-track a career in truck-driving in the region as applications for the industry-led Timaru course close soon.
The commercial road transport course is due to start on February 9 and the last call for applications is now under way.
In the past two years about 30 students on the course have gone straight into employment within the transport and logistics sector around Mid and South Canterbury.
South Canterbury transport and logistics panel chairman Brett King said the key focus of the course was to fast-track students starting off with their class 1 driver’s licence, so that by the end of the course they had passed their class 4 licence, plus had their wheels, tracks and rollers, and dangerous goods endorsements.
“The huge bonus for anyone going on the course is they can start with their class 1 licence and walk out the door at the end of the course with a class 4 which means they can drive heavy trucks and are very employable.
“The opportunity for work placements is a crucial factor in the success of the course as it gives both the students and the employers the chance to get to know each other and often leads to offers of employment at the end of the programme,” he said.
“Our local transport and logistics industry operators have been working collaboratively to bring this course about, recognising that we needed to get more skilled drivers and machine operators working in the industry.”
Students taking the course may be eligible for free fees and the work placements are paid.
Venture Timaru assists with the facilitation of the industry panel that has established the course and Ara Institute is contracted to run the course at its Timaru campus.