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Progress Transport -Investing in our local youth

From Birdtalk June July 2019

Progress Transport Ltd (PTL) want to work with our local youth: encouraging them to get into the driver’s seat of one of their trucks. PTL is one of the largest employers in Piopio. A significant contributor to the local economy, Progress have a loyalty to Piopio and its people. PTL support the local community, businesses, schools, rugby club and church – they are now offering a chance for people entering the workforce to choose a great career in our unique little town.

Operations Manager, Scott Lyford has approached Piopio College about introducing a gateway programme with their students. If PTL can get enough interest and/or the right person, Scott will add a smaller truck to the PTL fleet which would enable a restricted car licence holder to join the team. The company is willing to wait for this person to finish his or her NCEA at school while providing an insight into the industry. The cadet will gain experience and knowledge with the PTL team and possibly paid part time employment, including truck washing and assisting with calf collection.

The outlay for the new truck and licence reduction courses are a huge investment for Progress Transport, but Scott says the end result will be rewarding for both parties. ‘The framework within Progress is very supportive and there are a lot of experienced drivers here to offer advice as well. It is a great environment to start out in.’ Within two years at Progress Transport, it’s possible for the cadet to gain their class 5 truck and trailer licence.

Liam Young started with PTL eighteen months ago. He has progressed from a class 2 licence – driving their 4-wheeler truck – to a class 5 licence, driving one of their Freightliner truck-and-trailer units transporting stock around the North Island. Taylor Warren is PTL’s youngest recruit, joining them eight months ago with just his car licence. PTL have put him through a licence reduction course to gain his class 2; he is now due to move up to his class 4 and a bigger truck. With Taylor moving up to this next level, they currently have an opening to train someone in their 4-wheeler truck. To do this all that person needs is to have held his or her full class 1 licence for six months.

PTL’s aim is to continually upskill their drivers and assist them towards their goals, whether it’s working towards their next licence, a shiny new truck, or the next step in their career. They hope that by offering these opportunities to our young people, Progress can help someone into a great career in a secure environment. If this appeals to yourself or someone you know, please contact PTL for more information. 8778 058