Power’s Country Express nominated for training award

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi, Photography by: Joe Press


Victorian business has been nominated for the 2014 Victorian Training Small Employer of the Year Award.

Power’s Country Express nominated for training award
Reward for effort: Damien Power has noticed positive results from putting staff through training programs.

 

Victorian trucking operator Power’s Country Express is in the running for the 2014 Victorian Training Small Employer of the Year Award.

The family-owned Bendigo business has been recognised for its innovative training.

Power’s Country Express has 36 employees and has come a long way since investing in its staff.

The company has put 95 per cent of its workers through training from Certificate III to a Diploma of Logistics and Administration.

"We have concentrated on things that we feel are important and something we believe the industry sees as important – things like the chain of responsibility which is going to increase over the next few years which we have built on since we started the training program," director Damien Power says.

"As a result of that we’ve got a really good attitude amongst the guys and our quality of work has improved."

The company has previously been rewarded for its efforts when it took out the Investing in People category at the 2012 Freight Industry Awards.

Power established his company in 1998 as a one-van operation servicing Bendigo to Swan Hill each night. It now has 32 trucks and vans.

The winner of the Victorian Training Small Employer of the Year award will be announced on September 26 in Melbourne and will receive $10,000.

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