Online tools fill industry skills and knowledge gaps
Online learning was previously uninspiring enough for participants who had to wade through dreary content or outdated videos before being assessed by unimaginative multiple-choice quizzes.
All of this has changed with the new generation of Learning Management Systems (LMS) offering a dynamic, creative and interactive approach to training.
Communications Director Steve Power said the first use of an LMS by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) was for the “HV101”, a tool designed for new starter inductions.
“What we have found, however, is that a large number of people who have worked in the industry for years, and who have mastered their understanding in some areas, are ignorant in others,” he said. said Power.
“HV101 has been great in filling these gaps.
“Every employee in the industry has an interest in understanding how their contribution fits into the bigger picture.
“Each role is an essential cog in the machinery that enables the trucking industry to move Australia forward.
“Like every industry, ours is full of concepts, terminologies and acronyms that are unique to what we do.”
The course was a success from its inception and has been adopted as an integral part of the induction process for many companies and even government agencies.
MaxiTRANS Learning and Development Facilitator Liz Paolacci says HV101 participants feel “empowered” and valued.
“The course helped me to understand and appreciate more the industry and therefore the contribution of my company,” said Paolacci.
Then, on the agenda, courses for transport operators to help with continuing training and retraining.
“HVIA believes that the current licensing system guarantees competency on the day of the driving test, but, like many other professions, the industry must seize opportunities for continuing professional development in a way that maximizes employee retention. ‘information.
“Targeted, accessible and efficient resources are essential to improve the safety of heavy vehicles.
“We identified two issues that were consistently overrepresented in the NTARC Major Accident Investigation Report that we will now focus on: load restraint and tire management. “
The national law on heavy vehicles contains specific chain of custody provisions that relate to packaging, loading and load restraint requirements applicable to the entire transport supply chain (equivalent provisions apply in WA and NT).
While it is impossible to be prescriptive about the many types, weights and shapes of loads that may be transported, any member of the chain is responsible for complying with load restraint laws.
“This project will transform the volumes of written guidance information into a simple, immersive and hands-on online training course that will ensure heavy vehicle operators and others in the chain understand responsibilities and update their knowledge as needed.
“Tires are also essential to the safety of heavy vehicles,” Power added.
“There are many factors that can improve safety, from tire selection to performance management, such as tread, tire wear and pressure, and regular maintenance and safety systems can all improve performance. and help mitigate tire failures and keep road users safe.
“There is limited information available on these topics and just about any operator can tell you about a ‘near miss’ experience.
Power said this training course will guide operators through a program of tire management best practices, including maintenance, rotation and replacement policies, including what to look for, how to perform daily checks and what systems are available to improve the safety results of the most critical and most consumable heavy vehicle component.