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ATA and Teletrac Navman partner to evolve diversity and inclusion program

The new diversity and inclusion partnership between the ATA and Teletrac Navman was announced at Trucking Australia 2024 last week

Connected mobility platform company Teletrac Navman has announced an extended partnership with the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) to evolve their collective diversity and inclusion program.

The growing program is part of Teletrac Navman’s continued efforts to support the transport industry in attracting and retaining a diverse workforce.

The program was announced at last week’s Trucking Australia 2024 conference in Canberra, with the pair committing to limiting the bias and fear of discrimination currently presenting as barriers for new people entering the typically male-dominated workforce.

The ATA and Teletrac Navman first began partnering four years ago to champion inclusive workplace practices, with the pair working to welcome people of diverse backgrounds to combat the ongoing skills shortage in the Australian trucking and logistics industries.

Teletrac Navman launched its Driving Change Diversity Program in 2020, with 28 diversity champions from around Australia having attended dedicated training over the past three years on inclusion in workplaces.

The new program, titled Driving Inclusion, incorporates access to SBS Inclusion online training modules, an industry-specific inclusion toolkit and a committee of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion advocates.

The program is set to provide more transport organisations with access to the tools needed to build a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Transport organisations will also have access to a resource library that includes recruitment guides and anti-discrimination policy tools developed initially in New Zealand for the Te ara ki tua Road to Success Driving Change Diversity Program led by Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand, which is also supported by Teletrac Navman.

The ATA says transport organisation teams will be able to educate themselves on appropriate workplace behaviour, core inclusion, cultural diversity and gender equality from June 2024.

“We’ve known for a long time that diversity and inclusion are key pillars in addressing the industry’s escalating skills shortage. Hence, we are excited to evolve the ATA current diversity program with flagship sponsor Teletrac Navman towards more widespread industry impact,” ATA CEO Mathew Munro says.

“Beginning with a focus on promoting understanding through SBS’s engaging Inclusion program, our hope is that under-represented populations will be encouraged to consider one of the many careers within the industry.

“Enabling HR teams and hiring managers with up-to-date recruitment tools will be the second stage followed by leveraging the success of our past ATA Diversity Champions and employer network to bring these initiatives to life within trucking workplaces. We encourage workplaces of all sizes to sign up to receive access to the first 1,000 of 5,000 licences we are offering free of charge over the next 18 months thanks to Teletrac Navman and SBS inclusion.”

Teletrac Navman ANZ marketing manager Sarah James says that supporting this program is an extension of the company’s own policies, with Teletrac Navman seeing an opportunity to support an industry it operates in to thrive.

“Not to mention the productivity and safety benefit gained from implementing inclusive practices, which are the cornerstone benefits of our own solution offering,” James says.

“Also, being a woman in tech, I know how rewarding it is to have more representation in an industry you love, so of course I want to see more women, more people of colour, more diversity of thought contributing to an industry that already has so much passion, but it’s important for them to feel safe, to be set up to succeed.”

The new program will be led by a committee of industry members including Amar Singh, named Australia’s Local Hero in the 2023 Australian of the Year Awards, Meg Divall from Divall’s Earth Moving and Bulk Haulage, a third-generation young industry leader and alumni of the 2023 Daimler Truck Future Leaders’ Forum, and alumni of 2023 Driving Change Diversity Program including Caitlin Barlow from JATEC Transport, Justin Khan from Qube Holdings, Rebecca Neilsen from Sims Metal, Drew Hipwood from IOR and 2021 alumnus Melissa Barry from Border Crane Consultants.

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