HVIA launches new heavy vehicle qualification

Certificate IV in Leadership and Management to help employees take next career step

HVIA launches new heavy vehicle qualification
Todd Hacking


With much made of the skills shortage in transport in the face of the growing freight task, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has launched a new course to foster further education in the industry.

The first ever bespoke Certificate IV in Leadership and Management is aimed at employees with five-10 years’ experience after completing an apprenticeship, and focuses on skills not often taught during a Certificate III.

Modules will cover practical, instantly applicable topics such as teamwork, leadership, operational planning, financial literacy, workplace relationships, continuous improvement, prioritisation and risk management.

The course can be completed in eight-10 months, with a time commitment of just two days per month face to face and another day of workplace assignments.

"This course has been devised by the heavy vehicle industry; specifically for the heavy vehicle industry," HVIA CEO Todd Hacking says.

"Every student that enrols will be from the industry so that all of the examples, theoretical work and assignments will relate to the industry and, where possible, the student’s actual job."

"HVIA hopes that this bespoke course will enable workplaces to fill the skills gap, whilst ensuring the next wave of leaders have access to a Certificate IV and I hope you will support it." 

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HVIA references a 2007 Australian Parliamentary Committee report, Australian Manufacturing: Today and Tomorrow, which identified not only a skills shortage in the manufacturing industry, but a skills gap, whereby existing workers were being asked to perform tasks outside of their natural skillset or qualification.

It notes a criticism of the skill-based training system, which is generally narrowly focused and aligned to a specific role, rather than equipping the workforce with transferrable, widely applicable skill-sets.

"If our industry is to keep and grow its existing specialised workforce, we need to invest in developing career pathways that make it attractive to stay in our industry," Hacking says.

"That means investing in continuous training and upskilling that prepares good workers for advancement, with the obvious reward to the employer being a more stable and more productive business."  

Courses will commence in the first quarter of 2019 and will be initially available in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

A brochure for the course is available here.


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