Road freight peak body Transporting New Zealand is right behind the industry’s drive to get a diverse range of new people into the sector.
Transporting New Zealand has partnered with Teletrac Navman to develop the Diversity Toolbox, a set of practical resources designed to make the sector even more welcoming to people wanting to work in the road freight sector.
A launch event for the Diversity Toolbox is being held at Alexander Group’s Waikato Hub in Cambridge this Friday, with a diverse range of industry stakeholders and supporters attending. Keynote speaker at the launch is former Black Sticks hockey star and Olympian Brooke Neal.
Transporting New Zealand Interim CE Dom Kalasih says the Diversity Toolbox is great news for the industry.
“With a shortage of at least 2400 truckies in the sector, welcoming people into the industry is great for our firms who are critically short of drivers and will provide people with rewarding careers in road transport.”
The launch is the latest element of the Driving Change Diversity Programme, which is part of the road freight industry’s Te ara ki tua Road to success programme.
Policy and projects advisor Billy Clemens says trucking businesses of all sizes will find the Diversity Toolbox useful.
“We’ve created lots of useful tools and resources which are free for everyone to use. We encourage all trucking operators to have a look at what’s on offer and to download or order the Diversity Toolbox resources.
“There’s something in The Diversity Toolbox for all transport businesses. You might be one of the many operators already doing great work to create a supportive environment for all your staff, or just starting out on the journey,” Billy Clemens says.
“We’re also delighted to have some of our Road Freight Diversity Champions attending this launch event. Our ten Diversity Champions were nominated from across the road transport sector to attend a two-day Diversity Workshop last year, and have their stories shared with the transport industry and wider community. They also provided some great feedback that helped shape the Diversity Toolbox resources. We are really fortunate to have such a dedicated group of industry advocates.”
The Diversity Toolbox and Driving Change Diversity Programme have been supported by Teletrac Navman, a leading provider of GPS-based fleet tracking and asset management services.
The company’s ANZ marketing manager, Sarah James, says the Diversity Toolbox aligns with the company’s commitment to supporting an inclusive road freight industry made up of people from diverse communities.
“At Teletrac Navman, we strongly believe that the transport industry can only benefit from a culture where all voices are heard and all talents are celebrated.
“It made perfect sense for us to support the creation of this Diversity Toolbox as part of our commitment to the Driving Change Diversity Programme.
“The Toolbox offers practical insights and resources to strengthen workplace inclusivity for all organisations at every stage of their commitment to diversity,” Ms James says.
“By embracing diversity in the transport industry, we tackle driver shortages, reduce turnover, and elevate productivity. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
The Diversity Toolbox resources can be ordered or downloaded at roadtosuccess.nz/diversity-toolbox/