Divall’s Earthmoving employee Riley Topping will have the chance to further develop his career when he takes part in a leadership program this year and next.
Mr Topping, a driver trainer and assessor, has been selected to take part in the 2019 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum. The forum aims to deliver professional development to people in the trucking industry.
Mr Topping is one of 14 to be nominated from across Australia. Divall’s director Andy Divall identified his potential following his participation at a Livestock Haulers and Bulk Handlers Association event at Coffs Harbour where he spoke in front of Roads Minister Melinda Pavey and Phil Brooks from the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.
He has also independently studied courses to further his career; Mr Topping has has obtained an MC licence and completed a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.
He is also competent in the use of civil machinery, with his qualification giving him the opportunity to work within both the heavy vehicle and civil industries.
Mr Topping started with Divall’s five years ago as a driver but this year moved into a training role.
His leadership project will focus on the recruitment and retention of staff and getting more young men and women interested in the transport industry.
The first part will be held in Canberra on November 12 to 13 and the second in Perth from April 3 to 5, which includes intensive workshops and take-home leadership projects on key industry issues.
Participants will also be mentored by experts in leadership, media and political training during the Forum.
The leaders come from a range of backgrounds and roles, including business analysis, driver training, logistics, compliance and finance.
“Our trucking industry needs a new generation of leaders to deal with change and the challenge of technological disruption,” Australian Trucking Association chair Geoff Crouch said.
“The inaugural Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum was an incredible success, and I very much look forward to engaging our 2019 Future Leaders in this invaluable program.”
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