It is no secret that the transport and motor industries are both facing skills shortages within their workforces. Some 68% of all large goods vehicle driving licence holders in NI are aged 45+ and the Road Haulage Association estimates that there is a shortfall of large goods vehicle drivers of up to 100,000 across the UK. In short, there are not enough qualified professional drivers to meet the demand currently.
While these statistics make for very worrying reading for the sector, it is good news for anyone that is qualified to drive heavy goods vehicles because drivers are in high demand so there are lots of job vacancies to be filled and good likelihood of long-term job security.
While the automotive and transport/logistics industries have traditionally offered employment opportunities for predominantly male roles, both are currently working hard to attract more female talent.
Which is why Transport Training Services (TTS) has created ‘Women in Wheels NI’. TTS is keen to encourage people from all sectors of the population into automotive/transport/logistics careers, and through Women in Wheels it is actively encouraging more women to consider a career in these sectors.
With that in mind, Women in Wheels NI is staging an International Women’s Day event where you can find out about career opportunities in NI’s vibrant automotive, transport and logistics sectors. It is being held at the TTS site at Nutts Corner Business Park on the Dundrod Road near Crumlin on Sunday March 6th between 1pm and 4pm.
During the event, you will be able to have a go at truck or bus driving in a safe environment, take part in interactive vehicle workshop activities and demonstrations, speak to and hear from females working in automotive, transport and logistics, and speak to employers in automotive, transport and logistics about career opportunities with them
The event is open to females of all ages, while those aged 16-24 can find out about motor vehicle, transport and logistics apprenticeships
Registration for this event is mandatory and early booking is recommended. Activity participation will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For more details log on to https://www.transporttraining.org/drive-change/