Scania Australia has announced that it will financially support light-vehicle technicians who are looking to make the leap to working on heavy-duty vehicles.
The company will fund additional training at Technical and Further Education (TAFE) colleges, granting technicians the certification required to work on heavy-vehicle-specific hardware – such as air brakes and hydraulic systems.
“Lately, we have been approached by qualified light-vehicle technicians who have been keen to graduate to heavy-vehicle work within their existing employers’ businesses, but have found little interest from their employers to invest in them,” said Sean Corby, regional executive manager for Scania New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria.
“We’re saying ‘come to Scania’. We want to talk to you, and we have processes in place to upskill you, and plenty of opportunities for you to carve out a more successful career path.”
According to Scania, depending on motivation and previous experience, a technician who wants to make the transition from light to heavy vehicles can do so in 12-24 months. Those who have been working on heavier machinery without formal qualification are welcome as well, with the company suggesting that those with the required skills and aptitude could become certified quickly.
The company has also recently completed a two-year certification program to make sure that its technicians are fully qualified in terms of National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and legal compliance, product knowledge and technical skills – all of which allows them to deliver a high standard of reliable service.
Scania has developed its own apprentice and upskilling programs as well, further supporting new and existing employees alike.