TWAL calls for more female drivers

Transport Women Australia Limited (TWAL) Chair and recent recipient of the ‘Excellence in Road Transport’ award, Jacquelene Brotherton, is encouraging more women to join Australia’s transport industry.

Brotherton told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News) that she believes the reputation of truck drivers needs a makeover, and making girls familiar with trucks early in their lives will make a difference.

Earlier this year, Girl Guides Australia developed a resource in conjunction with TWAL to spread awareness about career options in the transport industry, allowing Guides to explore a range of transport activities.

Helping to move Australia: Women in Transport offers Guides activities to gain their ‘Create A Challenge Wheels’ badge.

According to the resource: “Careers within the industry are diverse, including truck drivers, flight attendants, pilots, logistic managers, forklift drivers, bus drivers, supply managers, train drivers and chauffeurs. Traditionally these have been seen as male dominated careers however this is changing as more women learn about possible careers in this area. Careers in this industry are open to those with qualifications in business, finance, human resources, logistics operation, engineering and information technology.”