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    Truck Driving


Truck Driving


South African Transport

There is a crisis facing the South African transport industry, and each year hundreds of unlicensed drivers are putting companies and fellow road users at risk. James McKenzie works for one of the leading companies, Barloworld Transport as the executive of human recourses. He claims that only 7/100 applicants meet primary standards and the necessary vetting process means there is a dire shortage of competent drivers within the industry.

In an interview with McKenzie, he stated that a shockingly high rate of 40% of the country’s professional transport staff are not operating within the confines of the law, many of their professional drivers permits or PrDrP’s are either counterfeit or expired. So how does Barloworld aim to tackle this issue?

Barloworld Transport have founded an academy within another division of the company, with the aim to provide full training and work to those applicants lacking sufficient skill or experience. James tells us “Each new driver who joins Barloworld Transport completes a three week professional driving course through our academy, and every single of the 1’800 drivers employed by us also attends a refresher course each year”.

An alternate aim of the academy is to fresh candidates for a career in professional driving. The levels of unemployment in South Africa are staggering, and the youth find it very difficult attaining work without the relevant education or experience. McKenzie states that for a job in Transport, an applicant is usually required to have five or more years of experience in the profession. This creates a problem for both parties, school leavers often have no way of gaining this experience, and companies are suffering due to a lack of competent staff available.

So far the academy has taken on 140 unemployed people in a range of programmes and states that a further 100 applicants are enrolling in the coming month. In its partnership with a tech high in Pietermaritzburg, Barloworld Transport has arranged for ten school leavers to be enrolled in a tailored programme so that they may return to school upon completion and share their experience and present the industry as an option for students unsure of a potential career path. If this sounds like the career for you, visit Drive Armellini.


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