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Women gaining momentum in the road freight industry

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Admin

The Queensland Trucking Association Ltd (QTA Ltd) will celebrate International Women’s Day with a ‘Women in Road Transport’ breakfast to be held on Wednesday 6 March 2013 at the Brisbane Golf Club, Yeerongpilly.

International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. This year’s event will feature the current QTA Trucking Industry Woman of the Year Award winner, Tracie Dickenson.

QTA Ltd chief executive officer Peter Garske said: “The event is in its second year and continues to attract strong support from industry and our association’s corporate partners, who clearly value the important role of women in the freight task. Highly skilled women are to be found in all occupations in the trucking industry and associated freight task. They are successful forklift operators, administrative staff and managing directors.

“Women make a significant contribution to the transport and logistics industry, and the QTA Ltd’s International Women’s Day breakfast is a unique event in the Australian trucking industry calendar that recognises their contribution” Mr Garske said.

“The considerable efforts made by women in the trucking industry, and the increasing presence of diversity in the industry, will be discussed by a panel of industry champions who are leading the way with gender inclusion, diversity initiatives and workforce development in the industry. We have a sold out event and I am certain the panellists we have for this year will make an impact on all who attend,” Mr Garske said.

Panellists for the 2013 event are:

  • Kevin Campbell, chief executive officer, Transpacific Industries Pty Ltd.
  • Tracie Dickenson, partner, Daryl Dickenson Transport.
  • Nicole Holyer, HR advisor, DP World.
  • Paul Kahlert, general manager, All Purpose Transport.
  • Louise Perram-Fisk, managing director, Emberin (facilitator).

Transpacific Industries CEO Kevin Campbell said supporting the QTA’s event was a way of celebrating the achievements of women throughout the road transport industry, while encouraging more women to consider it as a career choice.

“Transport and logistics has traditionally been a predominately male industry. At Transpacific, we’re committed to encouraging more women to join our company and to providing the necessary support to ensure they excel in their careers with us,” Mr Campbell said.

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Women in Logistics UK

Posted on November 15, 2012 by Admin

Women in Logistics UK is a non profit group made up of over 2,000 women and men from the logistics sector.
The group was set up in 2008 to support the careers of women in the logistics field.

Its main aims are to

  • Increase the number of women in the sector
  • Improve life for those women already working in logistics
  • Address the gender imbalance issue
  • Provide networking events for members
  • Offer support and mentoring
  • Provide advice and encouragement to those in the industry
  • Give personal development and support for members through planned activities
  • Showcase the achievements of role-model women

The group is free to join, and is open to anyone interested in the logistics sector who is supportive of their aims.

The group runs completely on a volunteer basis and periodically organise events which are usually free to attend, really good fun and provide great networking opportunities.

Find out more about WIL here!

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Think Logistics is a man’s world? Think again……

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Need a little inspiration to get your career moving?  Look no further. Hear from real people out there working in different parts of the logistics business. You can find out first-hand about the job; what the hours are like, what skills and qualifications you need, how they got there – and most importantly, what they enjoy the most.

Read more on these inspirational women HERE.

Tessa Tidmarsh

Senior Planner, Middlewich

Tessa is a Senior Planner at Abbey Logistics in Cheshire. “I love the job because every day is different and even when the pressure is on there is a enormous sense of achievement when it all comes together.”

Kayley Ashton

Apprentice Transport Administrator, Shaw near Oldham

25-year old Kayley Ashton from Shaw near Oldham loves learning – and her Traffic Office apprenticeship with mail order company JD Williams allows her to do just that, while earning at the same time.

Head of Environmental Re-use, Birmingham

Nicki’s career prior to Pickfords was incredibly varied – from accountancy and the local authority to car parts and printing. Whatever the job, she’s always loved the personal side.

Rebecca Wood

Projects Executive, Hong Kong

As a Projects Executive at Kuehne + Nagel, Rebecca has looked after British Airways’ Wine and Spirits logistics. Her next role involves moving to Hong Kong to become a Bid Manager.

Maria Taylor

Implementation Manager, London

Maria started working for Kuehne + Nagel in Colombia as part of her university placement. She now works as an Implementation Manager in London.

Stacey Bird

Client Services Assistant, London

Stacey works in a specialist division that manages the relocation of company employees moving for job-related reasons.

Louisa Joseph

Business Manager, South London

Louisa’s job involves providing support to the Area Manager and liaising with other supervisors – working across all parts of the business including collections and the mail centre.

Jeanette Bresitz

Head of Merchandising, Cambridge

“I love the interaction with people and want to be able to pass on my skills and help people to develop in the way that people have helped me.”

Carly Halliday

Traffic Planner, Bristol

“I love the job because it can just change so quickly. When you get home from work, you actually feel like you’ve done a day’s work, which is a nice feeling.”

Emma John

Senior National Account Manager, Edinburgh

“The logistics industry is critical to all businesses. Working for a company like Menzies you appreciate the influence of the industry. Logistics is everywhere and everyday life couldn’t function without it!”

Rebecca Marshall

Driver, Leicester

“I love being out in the fresh air and out of an office. The job keeps me fit. Drivers are important, as we are the face of the company and as well as delivering parcels on time, we also need to deliver great customer service.”

Amy Victoria Wood

Regional Project Manager, Singapore

After studying psychology at university, Amy joined Kuehne + Nagel’s graduate programme in 2005 and now works as a Regional Project Manager in Singapore.

Beverley Mayes

Internal Sales Manager, Coventry

In this role Beverley is responsible for ordering stock and ensuring that she sources it at competitive prices. She feels that the company has supported her greatly in the time she’s been with them.

Andrea Foster

Product Manager, Potters Bar

“Senate Electrical is part of an international company which could give me the opportunity not only to develop my business skills but also use my language skills.”

Emma Clarke

Human Resources and Benefits Adviser, Trowbridge

“I feel like I make a difference! My ambition is to go into a more senior HR job in a few years time. Wilts have given me a really good opportunity and I feel I can grow here.”

Jessica Povey

Apprentice Shipping Clerk, Liverpool

“I am part of a team running a weekly export container service to the Mediterranean and I help to organise the loading and documentation of the ships on the service.”

Caroline Chapman

Marketing Co-ordinator, Liverpool

In her job Caroline deals with every aspect of the business – finance, operations, customer service and human resources.

Supporting women in logistics

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To be successful, logistics businesses needs people of all kinds. Black and white, young and old, both men and women. Women in Logistics UK is a group set up in 2008 and made up of over 3,000 women and men. Their aim is to support the careers of women working in logistics.

Women in Logistics UK is made up of over 3,000 women and men from the logistics sector

Women are under-represented in the industry, and one of the group’s main aims is to encourage more women to consider logistics, whether school-leavers, graduates or career changers. The group also supports women working in the sector by organising networking events, mentoring, and showcases the achievement of role-model women. In July, Women in Logistics UK unveiled its first two annual award winners at a glittering ceremony – Adele Waite, general manager of a $1.25bn global contract for DHL, and logistics business Premier Farnell whose chief executive Harriet Green was named in the Financial Times’s Top 50 Women in Business.

Ruth Waring FCILT is the Founder of the group. Ruth says: “When I started working in transport in 1989 it was quite difficult – I had just emerged from university and it was quite a cultural change for me. However that experience gave me the idea for Women in Logistics UK, as I knew it would be invaluable to have the support of others when starting out in such a challenging and interesting new career. I would urge school-leavers and graduates to consider logistics for their career, and if they do then please join our group, get a mentor and get along to our fabulous, friendly networking events and parties. The noise at our events is deafening, and the group has changed lots of people’s perceptions of the industry.”

The group is free to join, and is open to anyone – both men and women – interested in the logistics sector who supports its aims.

Read the full article HERE.


National Lorry Driving Award for Laurie Bartram, of Littleport Top award for 22-year-old trucker Laurie makes her mum very proud

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National Lorry Driving Award for Laurie Bartram, of Littleport

JUST a year after hitting the headlines for becoming one of the youngest fully qualified female truckers in the country, Laurie Bartram has taken top honours at a transport industry award ceremony.

At a glittering event at The Savoy Hotel in London, Laurie was declared commercial driver of the year in the 2012 MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.

Laurie, 22, of Chatteris, who is licenced to drive a 44-tonne articulated lorry, currently works for Littleport based Bartrams Express, run by her father Ray and mother Yvonne.

“We are very proud of her indeed,” said Yvonne. “Laurie is an accomplished horsewoman and I first encouraged her to take her class 2 licence so she could drive the horse box.

“We then encouraged her to do all the other qualifications, and she has taken to it like a duck to water.”

Laurie gained her class 1 and full drivers CPC (certificate of professional competence) just 12 months ago. She also has an advanced CPC for carrying livestock.

Yvonne added: “Laurie has been approached by various agencies to help promote commercial driving to young people especially women. They hope she will become a role model to encourage young people into the transport and logistics industry.”

National Lorry Driving Award for Laurie Bartram, of Littleport

The Everywoman awards, set up to raise the profile of women who are excelling in the non traditional sector of transport and logistics industries, are now in their fifth year.

They are supported by industry leaders including MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd, the Freight Transport Association, the Road Haulage Association and Media Partner Motor Transport.

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More women behind the wheel in US

Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

The transport industry is still a male-dominated sector, despite of the shortage of drivers and calls for increased equality. However, in different parts of the world, there are crusaders who are working to bring about change and Ellen Voie is one of them. Her organisation, Women in Trucking, with the support of Volvo Trucks, has helped to ensure that there are more female truck drivers in the United States than in many other countries.

About one per cent of truck drivers in Europe are women. This is a very small number, but no fewer than in many other parts of the world. At the same time, the transport industry is crying out for more drivers. In the US, the situation is somewhat better, as women account for more than five per cent of the country’s 3.2 million truck drivers. In the US, the organisation Women in Trucking has been working for a number of years to change attitudes and norms in the industry.

Ellen Voie, the founder and president of the organisation, says that the US’s current driver shortage would be addressed by doubling the number of female truck drivers to just over 10 per cent.

For this reason, Women in Trucking has, for example, put together a recruitment guide with tips on the ways haulage companies can attract more women to join them.

Voie started Women in Trucking in 2007, after working as a recruiter for one of the US’s largest transport companies and discovering that very few women even considered working in the industry – as drivers or in other areas. Haulage companies had not fully recognised that women could be a solution to both the shortage of drivers. Women in Trucking was faced by a difficult challenge, but it has now succeeded in bringing about a positive change in the US. As things stand, the organisation has around 2,000 members, all of whom are working actively on getting information to schools, government agencies, politicians, haulage companies and other transport companies.

“It isn’t just the transport industry, but also the whole of society that can benefit from more women being employed in the traditional male professions. Female drivers are often safer drivers and incur less damage to their trucks, which is something from which haulage companies can benefit,” stresses Ellen Voie.

In the US, it is not uncommon to find driving teams in which a married couple, father and daughter or boyfriend and girlfriend undertake long-distance transport work together. These teams live in their trucks, which are frequently extended trailers, otherwise known as ‘sleepers’, with a kitchen, bathroom and berths for two people. Ellen Voie believes that this culture could be one of the reasons why more women drive trucks in the US compared with Europe.

“Women have a natural way into the industry and they share the responsibility and the cost of a truck with a partner,” she explains.

Volvo Trucks is a member of Women in Trucking and is actively supporting the organisation’s work. Svajone Drabatiene, Director, Brand Development at Volvo Trucks North America, is keen to spotlight one aspect of the partnership between Volvo Trucks and Women in Trucking.

She says, “It’s important to have female role models and that’s why Volvo Trucks is sponsoring Women in Trucking’s ‘Salute to Women Behind the Wheel’. This is an annual event which celebrates female truck drivers, many of whom have covered at least a million incident-free miles.”

In Europe, there are organisations similar to Women in Trucking in countries including the UK, France and Sweden. In the largest EU project to date, the haulage industry in Sweden conducted the ‘Drivers on the road’ project. It was designed to increase the number of young people, immigrants and women in the industry and it was so successful that several of the networks that were created within the framework of the project are still active.

Brigitta Paas is vice chairman of the ETF’s (European Transport Federation) women’s committee and every day she deals with the question of bringing more women into the industry. The ETF’s plan of action for 2009-2013 states that all the member organisations must implement the necessary measures before 2013, in order to increase the recruitment of women in the transport industry. However, the work is going slowly and laboriously, even if the projects are successful and the aims are ambitious.

“As long as there is cheap labour available in Eastern Europe, the haulage companies are going to employ those people rather than existing drivers or women who are keen to start driving. I wish the associations would do more in this area,” she says.

Since 1999, Volvo Trucks in Sweden has been organising what are known as Ladies’ Days. The aim here is to arouse the interest of women and girls in driving as a profession by telling them about the industry, organising meetings with female drivers and giving them the opportunity to drive Volvo’s trucks. So far, Ladies’ Day has been a success and has attracted more than 100 participants on each occasion.

“The haulage companies that do not employ women risk losing out on valuable skills and know-how, which is neither good nor particularly smart. I am convinced that women have a great deal to offer the industry when it comes to safe, fuel-efficient driving,” says Martin Bramsved, global manager Corporate Social Responsibility at Volvo Trucks.

Martin Bramsved feels that it is only natural for manufacturers like Volvo Trucks to take an interest in the people who sit behind the wheel, as well as sell or service the vehicles.

Martin continues, “Even if we don’t employ drivers, we are still eventually dependent on truck transport that operates efficiently and effectively. This is why we are involving ourselves in social issues such as recruitment. As we see it, it’s reasonable for the industry to extend its recruitment base and regard women as a natural part of it – especially as there is a shortage of drivers.”

In the past, the actual truck and its handling represented an obstacle for women. Trucks today, on the other hand, do not require drivers who have exceptionally strong arms or are especially tall.

“Truck cabs are designed for drivers to live and work in, no matter whether they are women or men and independent of the strength of the drivers’ arms. For example, the drivers’ seats and steering wheels in Volvo trucks are extremely adaptable and are therefore ideal for short and tall drivers alike,” Martin Bramsved explains.

Earlier this year, Volvo Trucks was eager for Ellen Voie to share her experience and knowledge outside the US and so brought her to Sweden and the Elmia Truck Show at in Jönköping. Support from the industry is contributing to Women in Trucking’s success.

“It’s incredibly important that manufacturers get involved, just like Volvo Trucks is doing. After all, if there are no drivers, they won’t be able to sell trucks,” says Voie.

A palace on wheels: Inside Zara Phillips’s £500,000 horse box complete with double bed and granite-top kitchen that’s fit for a princess

Posted on August 23, 2012 by Admin
  • Queen’s granddaughter, who won silver in Olympic team eventing competition, regularly seen at the wheel of 26-ton ‘super-lorry’
  • Oakley Supremacy has room for six horses and six human companions
  • Mod cons include satellite TV, sound system, dishwasher and freezer

After winning a silver medal in a thrilling team Olympic equestrian event, one could expect Zara Phillips to be riding high.

And the Queen’s granddaughter has just the vehicle for it – a gleaming 26-ton, sky-blue ‘super-lorry’ which has proved crucial to her preparations for the Games.

She has regularly been seen at the wheel of the huge Oakley Supremacy ‘horsebox’ vehicle, which costs £500,000.

The modern conveniences found on Zara's lorry

The transport method of choice for all but one of Zara’s medal-winning team, it has room for six horses and six human companions to sleep comfortably.

The vehicle comes with a double bed and a fully equipped bathroom, complete with shower, toilet and his and hers washbasins.

Modern appliances can be found in the kitchen, including a dishwasher, a fridge, a freezer, an oven and a microwave.

The gadgets are concealed in walnut cabinets, found beneath stylish granite worktops. Cooking is done on a diesel hob.

Perhaps most impressive of all is the air-conditioned living room, which can slide out to create more space.

It has a plasma television showing satellite programmes and a sound system to provide entertainment on long journeys to events.

At 39ft long, the truck has cameras at the back which relay images to help the driver reverse, as well as ones in each horsebox so they can keep an eye on the animals.

Zara and her team-mates Mary King, Tina Cook, William Fox-Pitt and Nicola Wilson came second in the team eventing competition in Greenwich Park yesterday.

The princess, who is married to rugby player Mike Tindall, follows the success of her father, Captain Mark Phillips, who was a member of Britain’s last gold-winning team in the event – at the Munich Olympics of 1972.

Her medal was presented by her mother, Princess Anne, who has also competed in equestrian events at the Olympics.

Princess Anne represented Great Britain in the 1976 Games in Montreal.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2181966/London-Olympics-2012-Inside-Zara-Phillipss-500-000-horse-box-thats-fit-princess.html#ixzz24MBFZxOo

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UK logistics industry concerned about future

Posted on August 1, 2012 by Admin

The haulage industry in the UK is one of the few sectors to have maintained a slow but steady growth even through the height of the recession. Nevertheless, the staff acquisition and retention rate remains a big issue for the industry and has remained well below par. The Freight Transport Association first raised the concern of the diminishing workforce during a conference in 2003 identifying lack of skills and aging personnel as the main problems affecting the industry.
Has something changed in the decade post-dating the conference? Well, the drivers are certainly getting older and are busy planning their retirement, whilst younger generations don’t see the appeal in the job. The orchestrated influx of drivers from abroad in the mid 2000s seems to have kept the UK’s logistics industry afloat to a certain extent; nevertheless there is still a big shortage in LGV drivers.

Of 300,000 18-wheelers criss-crossing the UK roads every day, almost half is driven by drivers aged between 45 and 59. It is hardly a young men’s profession these days, with only 1% of all drivers under 25. One of the arguments is that employing young drivers makes less sense because of the increased insurance premiums, which is only partly true. Young LGV driver insurance may be a bit more constly, for one reason or the other, but the majority of businesses are actually looking to employ young drivers, due to their long-term perspective and stability.

Furthermore and as far as diversity is concerned; only 1% of all drivers are women and there’s no reason why this should be so. The days when it took a lot of strength to handle a long vehicle are long gone.

One of the contributing factors to the ever-diminishing LGV drivers population is the new legislation and licensing regulations introduced in 2009. The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence, CPC, became mandatory for everyone driving a truck heavier than 3.5 tonnes. There are many CPC driver training centres across the country and renewing a CPC involves undergoing a 35-hour course once every 5 years. Some drivers considered the CPC a bit too much, and decided to change profession, leaving a gaping hole in the haulage companies’ staff lists.

The fact is, however, that the UK industry needs more drivers. Currently 60% of the national flow of goods is carried out on the roads. The LGV sector enjoys an annual turnover of £22 billion and presently it is capped by the employment issues. Logistics is a good place to be in 2012 – it’s a driver’s market. The demand for good drivers significantly exceeds the supply, hence the average wage for an LGV driver has shoot up during the last couple of years.

There is a potential for growth and the only hope is in creating awareness among young people. That’s why Skills for Logistics charity is campaigning nationwide to encourage young people to consider LGV driving their future career choice – a choice that is both exciting and very rewarding.

HGV and LGV Driving as a Legitimate Career for Women

Posted on June 29, 2012 by Admin

HGV and LGV driving is a lucrative career choice for anybody. With bountiful benefits that include unparalleled job security, a great salary and an array of opportunities available today, if you’re tired of being tethered to a telephone, desk or counter, and yearn for something a little more spacious, LGV training for women is something ladies everywhere are beginning to get on board with, shifting their careers into top gear with The LGV Training Company.

Whilst it may not seem initially like a job suited for women, the statistics are showing that, in fact, women are more likely to pass their LGV driving test than men are. What’s more, many of the preconceptions that go hand in hand with truck-driving are simply incorrect. The need for vast strength is one such myth, as with power-assisted steering and the latest in vehicle technology, manoeuvring the fleet here at The LGV Training Company is something you’ll manage no problem.

With a severe lack of lady-drivers in the industry previously, we positively encourage women applicants and welcome them aboard our friendly and professional team, who are here to help make sure you get the thorough LGV and HGV training you need to get out on the road and drive that new career forward.

In fact, with our range of category-organized courses, we can take you through the learning at whatever pace suits you, so you never feel rushed or stressed and in fact ease into your new role with comfort and enthusiasm. Once you’ve completed your training with us, our support doesn’t end there, as, with our comprehensive data base of potential avenues for work available online or with our help over the phone, you’re sure to get off to a flying start.

We’re certain you’ll love the idea of being on the road every day, in your air conditioned cab, dispensing with the typical politics of the office and the stresses of those ever-day roles. So women, get in touch with The LGV Training Company today, and one of our friendly team members will supply you with all the information you need to get your career moving today!

Disclaimer of Endorsement: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by The LGV Training Company. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of The LGV Training Company, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Women Taking on HGV/LGV Driver Training

Posted on March 1, 2012 by admin

More and more women are choosing to get behind the wheel of a large or heavy goods vehicle each year and it’s easy to see why with the ever-changing experience of the road, flexible hours, better pay and the high availability of jobs, even in these tough economic times. If you believe that this could be a lucrative career move for you, choose The LGV Training Company and our LGV & HGV training.

Taking on this training may be daunting because of preconceptions and misleading stereotypes of truck driving being a ‘man’s world’, but with the dedicated team here at The LGV Training company, we will ensure that the process of leading you into this new job role will run smoothly and you’ll feel right at home as you take to the road. While these preconceptions may once have held some truth, our modern world has evolved for the better, making women more equal and meaning that there is no reason not to start your HGV training today.

Our training schools that are dotted all across the country are DSA Registered and offer training courses that suit whatever job role you wish to opt for, and will be catered to your own learning pace to ensure that you have a greater chance of gaining your licence.

These courses are split into Category C, which will enable you to drive any LGV vehicle, and Category C+E that can be taken after passing your Category C test and will open up the opportunity of heavy goods vehicle driving to you.

Upon passing your LGV or HGV training, we can also help with finding you that first driving job, as we provide an extensive database of driving jobs on our online database and can provide further guidance over the phone. To join the many other women that are showing truck driving is just as suited to them, choose The LGV Training Company.

Disclaimer of Endorsement: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by The LGV Training Company. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of The LGV Training Company, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

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