The Need to Increase Diversity in Trucking

Building an inclusive workforce - Karyssa Morrell, diversity champion

“It was often said that ‘women shouldn’t be in the transport industry’, but I just kept ticking away and asking, and eventually Rob took a chance on bringing me in”.OHS Manager at Vintage Road Haulage in Wattleup, WA, Karyssa Morrell has a vision to create a more diverse workforce in the trucking industry by employing and encouraging women, young people and people of different cultures into the employment base. “I’d like to see that people have more of an open mind and try to encourage younger people and people of different backgrounds, letting them know its okay to be a truck driver. It’s a long-term career,” she says. Well respected by industry peers, Karyssa was nominated for the Teletrac Navman Driving Change Diversity Program by Transafe WA.

Posted by Australian Trucking Association on Sunday, 19 April 2020
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As the current crisis and an ageing workforce continue to put pressure on trucking, we need to be even more aware of the need to increase diversity in trucking.

“It was often said that ‘women shouldn’t be in the transport industry’, but I just kept ticking away and asking, and eventually Rob took a chance on bringing me in,” says Karyssa Morrell.

Karyssa is OHS Manager at Vintage Road Haulage in Wattleup, WA and has a vision to create a more diverse workforce in the trucking industry by employing and encouraging women, young people and people of different cultures into the employment base. 

“I’d like to see that people have more of an open mind and try to encourage younger people and people of different backgrounds, letting them know its okay to be a truck driver. It’s a long-term career,” says Karyssa. 

Well respected by industry peers, Karyssa was nominated for the Teletrac Navman Driving Change Diversity Program by Transafe WA.

Shifting the stereotype – Troy Cook, diversity champion

“You don’t get a choice in what you’re dealt in life, but if you want to be a player you’ve got to make the best of it”.Transport Manager at Divall’s Earthmoving & Bulk Haulage in Goulburn, NSW, Troy is keen to see a shift in the preconceived idea that the trucking industry is a stereotyped workplace and ensure all people regardless of gender, sexuality, age, or ability are considered and can consider a career as a professional driver.During his time at Divall’s, Troy has been instrumental in implementing the ‘Women Behind the Wheel’ initiative, providing licensing and training to introduce female drivers into the Divall’s team. Under Troy’s management, Divall’s has also embraced workers from diverse backgrounds, employing young people, mature drivers, indigenous staff, and people with varying physical abilities, cultures, religions and sexual orientation.Troy was nominated for the Teletrac Navman Driving Change Diversity Program by NatRoad.

Posted by Australian Trucking Association on Sunday, 19 April 2020

Shifting the stereotype, Troy Cook, diversity champion

“You don’t get a choice in what you’re dealt in life, but if you want to be a player you’ve got to make the best of it”, says Troy Cook.

Transport Manager at Divall’s Earthmoving and Bulk Haulage in Goulburn, NSW, Troy is keen to see a shift in the preconceived idea that the trucking industry is a stereotyped workplace and ensure all people regardless of gender, sexuality, age, or ability are considered and can consider a career as a professional driver.

During his time at Divall’s, Troy has been instrumental in implementing the ‘Women Behind the Wheel’ initiative, providing licensing and training to introduce female drivers into the Divall’s team. Under Troy’s management, Divall’s has also embraced workers from diverse backgrounds, employing young people, mature drivers, indigenous staff, and people with varying physical abilities, cultures, religions and sexual orientation.

Troy was nominated for the Teletrac Navman Driving Change Diversity Program by NatRoad.

 

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