Express and logistics company DHL has partnered with JJ Cahill Memorial High School in Sydney to offer year 11 students a two year, school-based traineeship in transport and distribution.
Launched this week, the vocational education training (VET) program, which will be taught as part of the school curriculum, will give students who complete Certificate II in Transport & Distribution the skills they need to work in the express and logistic industry.
Students who enrol in the course over years 11 and 12 will spend a minimum of 100 days of paid employment on-the job over the period.
Student Trent Dale, who is undertaking the program, explains that he wants to gain work experience while still at school.
“I think it will provide more career options for me to follow after school and my parents are proud and happy for me,” he says
Mrs. Linda Clinch, HR Manager, DHL Express Oceania says partnering with JJ Cahill Memorial High School to offer a subject that combines theory and experience in the burgeoning freight and logistics industry could not have come at a better time.
“Due to globalisation, declining trade barriers and greater network connectivity, the industry continues to enjoy above average growth.”
“Students at JJ Cahill Memorial High School who complete the Certificate II in Transport & Distribution will have a head start on the skills they need to begin their career in this dynamic industry,” Clinch says.
As part of the program, students will learn how to prioritise courier and delivery operations, safely use manual handling methods and customer service skills.
The aim is to help smooth the transition from school to the workforce.
“Through the program, we have been able to provide greater opportunities for students and enrich the experiences of our own staff,” Clinch says.