Community focus needed to boost industry ranks


Transport companies are being told to reach out to their local community if they want to attract new employees

By Ruza Zivkusic | February 14, 2012

Transport companies are being told to reach out to their local community if they want to attract new employees.

Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) Industrial Relations General Manager Leyla Yilmaz believes the industry needs to improve its efficiency in promoting career paths for young people.

She says providing information at schools has become harder due a lack government funding.

"I think that we still have a long way to go to ensure that young people who are at school have a better understanding of what is expected in the industry and the career opportunities," Yilmaz says.

"Those opportunities are difficult for us because there is no funding to get involved in schools. There is a challenge for organisations like ourselves to find ways in which we can deliver that kind of service to schools."

She is calling on companies to take a practical approach and create connections within the community to raise their profile.

"I do encourage them to be more proactive in those areas because we don’t really have the resource to get out there and recreate those connections," Yimaz says.

"Because of the community environment, companies are in a strong position because they’re vital to their local community to be involved with school and provide those opportunities."

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