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Website to address T&L job crisis


Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 ( #521 ) - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Local News Story
The T&L industry is projected to triple in size by 2050. PHOTO: SAFC
A national occupation website aimed at the transport and logistics sector has been launched by the South Australian Freight Council (SAFC).

LINC (Logistics Information and Navigation Centre) website, www.the-linc.com.au, is designed to attract skilled workers to the T&L industry which is projected to triple in size by 2050 due to increased demand.

"This pending workforce crisis is one of the most significant issues affecting the Australian T&L industry," says SAFC chairman John McArdle.

"We need more truck and train drivers, warehouse staff and people to work in the shipping and aviation sectors, as well as freight forwarders, customs brokers and other people providing services to industry."

The original website has undergone a major overhaul with a host of national and state-specific industry resources now contained on the site, and with all states now actively participating and supporting the initiative.

"The national T&L industry now has a genuine one-stop-shop for people looking to get into our sector, or for people wanting to attract people into our industry," says McArdle.

"In a fiercely competitive jobs market and the national unemployment rate at approximately five per cent, significant efforts must be put into attracting new employees and retaining those already skilled if the Australian T&L industry is to remain globally competitive.

"Our current industry age profile is heavily skewed towards people nearing retirement, and we suffer somewhat of an identity crisis with the general community viewing careers within the industry in a negative light.

"If we as an industry are serious about tackling this jobs crisis, we need to change that perception, and change it fast.

"We believe LINC will go a long way towards achieving that."
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