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Jun 7, 2016

Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls (PHHG) has established a national heavy vehicle driver institute in Karratha that will cater for both male and female drivers.

With a shortage of drivers PHHG saw an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the male dominated industry, and to support and encourage more women into heavy vehicle driving careers.

As demand for freight services is set to double by 2030, and with the industry already facing a serious skills shortage, PHHG aims to raise the number of females in the industry where currently they only make up one per cent.

In Karratha today The Hon. Terry Redman, Minister for Regional Development announced $290,310 funding to the PHHG for training room fit out and operations, made possible by Royalties for Regions through the Pilbara Development Commission’s Pilbara Cities Economic Diversification Fund.

From learning how to change a tyre and hook up trailers to basic mechanics, the training institute aims to bridge the gap between drivers obtaining a heavy vehicle licence and gaining the experience needed to secure employment.

“Karratha is a practical environment to train drivers and to allow them to gain the experience, skills and knowledge needed in the heavy vehicle industry and workforce,” Ms Trish Barron, Acting CEO, Pilbara Development Commission said.


“Locating the institute in Karratha will leverage expertise from the local workforce, while also creating new jobs and attracting students to the region”.

“This investment through the Royalties for Regions program was identified by the Pilbara Development Commission to diversify the region’s economic base, which is critical to the long term prosperity of the Pilbara” Ms Trish Barron said.

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