The Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight was one of several guest speakers at the annual VTA Women’s Luncheon.
The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) was delighted to welcome record crowds to its annual Women’s Luncheon this week.
The event took place at tIvory, Elsternwick, after three previous false starts due to Covid restrictions last year.
The event has become one of the most popular on the VTA calendar since the inaugural luncheon in 2015, with attendance steadily increasing over the years to reach over 200 people yesterday.
Guests heard from a number of inspirational speakers on empowerment and strategies and tactics for achieving success and fulfillment in life and work. The operators present also provided advice on how to support women in transport, as well as attracting and retaining them in the industry. .
Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight, Melissa Horne, described steps taken by the Victorian Government to attract more women to the transport industry, with a focus on the Freight Industry Training Scheme for job seekers who will see candidates for long-term training. job opportunities to make sure essential supplies get where they need to be. The program places particular emphasis on women, who currently represent only 16% of employees in the sector.
Play Like a Girl Australia founder and former VFLW player Holly Bailey also addressed attendees, giving an inspirational presentation about her experiences growing up as an athlete in a male-dominated environment and the importance to embrace traditionally feminine qualities like connection, vulnerability and openness. .
“It’s wonderful to see the transport industry moving away from the stereotype of a gender-dominated workplace,” said VTA CEO Peter Anderson as he welcomed attendees.
“For too long, our industry has failed to understand that greater value is brought to the workplace when there is greater diversity of people.
“Transportation is, and will be, labor intensive for some time to come. People are the most difficult resource to manage. It’s the people who make our industry work and the way those people work is what makes our businesses successful. Having an environment where everyone works to their individual potential is an exciting atmosphere that we experience in transport every day,” he said.
Anderson said an example of this inclusive perspective is the VTA Driver Delivery Program where over 200 people have been trained and placed in the industry as drivers, with over 15% of those placements being women, where there was an industry average of just 7.0 per cent.
“A small improvement which might be seen as too slow but which we are trying to build on, and it should be noted that from placements to date over the past three years we have not had a single accident report per drivers, female or male,” Anderson said.
Anderson praised the industry for providing career paths, rewarding effort and embracing change.
“Understanding what is important to engaged people, to ensure that all individuals reach their potential in the workplace, is the cornerstone of good management and an effective culture,” he said. declared. “The future of our industry is about people, diversity and culture. Sometimes we move too slowly but we will always keep moving forward.