Win for industry

By: Amie Hickland

A Queensland bus driver’s award for Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) Trainee of the Year Road Transport is an important win for the whole bus and coach industry.

South East Tours Head Coach/Trainer Assessor John Duffy was given the TLISC award at the Awards for Excellence in Melbourne last week.

TLISC Trainee of the Year is a new category in the awards, of which Duffy was eligible for after winning the Road Transport Section.

Duffy began his career as a coach captain over 16 years ago and has always been passionate about professional development at a personal and industry level.

"I view my award as a boost to the bus and coach industry," he says.

"I often personally encounter the perception that the bus and coach industry is the ‘inferior cousin’ of the transport industry.

"It is important that bus drivers and operators do not have a diminished perspective of the professionalism required in our industry." 

Duffy says the award reflects the passion shared by a lot of up and coming drivers to restore the industry to a former level of professionalism of yesteryear. 

 It also shows the opportunity people in our industry have to enhance skills to the highest levels.

He says the awards are important for the transport industry to promote the training and skill recognition of employees and to motivate toward best practices in the transport and logistics industry.

"We are not merely steering wheel attendants," he says.

The awards are held to celebrate the achievements and outstanding contributions made by organisations in training and workforce development across the Transport and Logistics Industry.

TLISC Chief Executive Officer Robert Adams says the event drew an even greater number of nominations than in its inaugural year.

"The buzz surrounding last year’s event, both within the industry and across the media, meant there was a higher level of awareness going into this year," he says

"It was encouraging to see many of last year’s winners and highly commended entries wanting to be involved again.

"Equally, attracting new interest from large and small organisations across the country means we had a very strong field."

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