Tasmania launches new site to beat skills crisis

Tasmania adopts initiative to attract people to the national freight and logistics industry via the internet

Tasmania has adopted a South Australian initiative to attract people to the national freight and logistics industry via the internet.

The South Australian Freight Council’s (SAFC) popular Logistics Information and Navigation Centre (LINC) has been adapted to Tasmanian requirements, which follows a similar move by Queensland in August.

The program was launched by Minister for Infrastructure Graeme Sturges, with the SAFC saying it is "delighted" the Tasmanian Freight and Logistics Council has adopted it.

"Our LINC program has quickly established itself as the industry’s site to engage and attract people considering a career in the national freight and logistics industry," SA Freight Council Chairman Vincent Tremaine says.

He says the site and its adoption by other states will help reduce the impact of skills shortages on the industry, which is predicted to experience a massive growth in the demand over the next 20 years.

Tremaine says the industry must change how it is perceived to attract new people, and believes LINC is the answer.

"We believe LINC is a vital step in the process of attracting new people to the industry and we are confident the program will continue to be embraced on a national level," he says.

The site lists the different careers in the transport and logistics industry, and is designed to offer an all-encompassing service to those interested in gaining employment in the industry.

LINC was introduced in South Australia in 2006 in response to skills shortages.

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