“It’s important to give these people a go – young and female. If more companies did it, they would be surprised with the results”
Tracie Dickenson, Director of Daryl Dickenson Transport is passionate about trucking and isn’t afraid to take a chance when recruiting new workers. Tracie met a truck driver in her now-husband Daryl in 1990 and has been heavily involved in the industry ever since, joining the Queensland Trucking Association Board of Directors and being named 2017 National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year.
Tracie and Daryl are keen to get more young people, especially women, interested in the industry.
“The company does lots of school visits and career days to showcase the industry and plant the seed to see if it’s something students would be interested in,” Tracie said.
“I’ve also formed a relationship with a local high school and some days I’ll take along a prime mover for the students to climb in and get an idea of what it’s like,” she said.
Alex Coleman is a young woman working in the warehouse at Daryl Dickenson Transport, who got her start doing work experience.
“Alex travelled from North Brisbane to come to us in the south and showed initiative by going out and get her own forklift licence. A lot of people just don’t do that,” Tracie said.
“People assumed she wanted to be in an admin role, but Alex loves to be outside, hands-on, driving forklifts, unpacking containers and loading trucks,” she said.
Alex had never thought of a career in the trucking industry but was pleasantly surprised when she joined the team at Daryl Dickenson Transport.
“For a long time, I was unsure of what I wanted to do, but I gave it a go and knew it would open up a few doors for me. I was a bit nervous initially but all the guys here were so lovely and keen to help me learn and understand,” Alex said.
“I never pictured myself doing this kind of thing, getting as filthy as I do every day, but I love it!” she said.
Tracie believes working in the warehouse was the best place for Alex to start and would lead to new career opportunities.
“I like to bring them up through the warehouse because they learn a lot about load restraint and safety rules when they are delivering and picking up from a work site,” Tracie said.
“We love Alex because she is a lot gentler on the gear and not in as much of a hurry as the boys,”
“Alex is now working to get her MSIC, so she can work at the port as well. She’s going places. I think once you’re in the industry it gets in your blood and it’s really hard to get out of it,” she said.
Tracie is keen to create more opportunities for people like Alex and encourages other businesses to do the same.
“It’s an ongoing battle that the industry has, but I think we need to get out there and start selling ourselves. We need to take the time to reinvest in getting the youth and women involved.
“It’s fair enough to say we have shortages but we have to make it an industry that people want to come into.
“We do a lot of training for these people but it’s a good investment and it’s worth it,” she said.
Daryl Dickenson Transport has been a member of TruckSafe since 2006.