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Lowes driven to produce Australia’s top truckies. They’ll be the...Best in the business

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In an Australian-first, one of Goondiwindi’s great business success stories, Lowes Petroleum, is about to give a Year 12 student from the Goondiwindi State High School an opportunity to become one of the best in the business.

“Our business is all about truck driving,” General Manager Bernie Morris said.

“And this is how we help our business by helping someone from the Goondiwindi State School enter the truck-driving industry, get the absolute best training and end up after four years with the chance to work anywhere in Australia.”

Preferably that will be with Lowes Petroleum but it is not a provision of the four-year truck-driving traineeship which is about to be offered by Lowes to the right candidate.

“It’s just like an apprenticeship,” Bernie said.

Officially the program is called “Lowes Career Plus”. “It is a fully-funded program allowing a student to begin building a career as well as earning money so they can begin to set up their life,” Bernie said.

“It is not unreasonable to think that a trainee could end making anywhere from $70,000 to $100,000 annually on his first year out,” Bernie said.

The first year, which will be begun while the student is still in high school, shows how intensive the course is.

They will be assisted in getting their driver’s licence, they will complete a defensive driving course, they will gain forklift experience which they can use to get their ticket, they will receive nationally-recognised units in a range of areas, and undertake a range of roles within Lowes Petroleum.

The student will ultimately receive a Certificate III in Driving Operations and will also receive training in mechanics, driving skills and licences up to a multi-combination licence including a dangerous goods’ licence.

“We are very excited about the program and it is the first step in producing the best truck drivers in Australia.

“The benefit is obvious for the successful applicant, but it is the long-term benefit to the industry as a whole which proves what a difference this program will make.

“The average age of an Australian truck driver is close to 60. That’s a trend we have to change.

“It means we will have better-trained, more efficient drivers and our roads will be safer,” he said

The impetus behind the program came six years ago from Lowes Petroleum’s Operations Manager and Lowes’ first long-haul truckie, Tom Woodhead.

He saw the benefit for the business and for drivers themselves. Over the past two years Compliance Manager Gavin Nielsen has added his own efforts and the program was finally announced last week.

“It’s been a long haul in itself but we’re ready to take the next step.

“There’s nothing exactly like it in Australia, and we’re proud that a Goondiwindi company is driving it,” Bernie said. If you would like to express your interest or want more information contact Gavin on 0488 223 555 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Source: Goondwindi Argus

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