Daimler Truck and Bus,which includes the Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Fuso and Alliance Truck Parts brands, has joined the Cummins Technical Education for Communities initiative (TEC), providing opportunities to a new generation of Australian technicians.
The TEC programme creates community partnerships between schools, employers and community stakeholders that support students in their transition from school to employment in the industry. It has a particular focus on disadvantaged areas, where quality vocational training can help make a difference to the community and provide opportunity to young people.
Daimler Truck and Bus president and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cummins South Pacific managing director and TEC program sponsor, Steph Disher, outlining DTB’s commitment to the programme.
“The Cummins TEC initiative helps bring exciting new talent into our great industry and gives young people opportunities to which they may not previously have had access,” said Daniel.
“This programme is one of the many ways we can help make the transport field a real destination industry and encourage talented young people to consider a field that may not have been on their radar,” he added.
“Cummins has a proud history of serving the community,” said Steph Disher. “This is an opportunity for industry to work together to combat our shortages of skilled tradespeople in a proactive way, while also working in those communities that most need jobs. With companies like Daimler Truck and Bus as partners we hope to see great job outcomes and results for the students in the project,” added Steph.
There are currently five schools around Australia that participate in the TEC programme including two in Brisbane and Perth and one in Melbourne. High schools often have access to automotive programmes, but not quality programmes focussed on heavy vehicles. The TEC programme is not limited to technician roles, with pathways also leading to alternative employment options such as administration, spare parts interpreting, warehousing and more. Students receive a grounding in safety, a wide range of technical skills as well as training on employer expectations, workplace behaviour and work readiness.
Involvement of the TEC partners means the students are often able to work on donated components such as engines. They can also benefit from work experience at various companies, industry tours, guidance and mentoring, as well as sought-after apprenticeships that can lead to job opportunities.
The Cummins TEC initiative is also in operation in a range of other markets around the world. In Australia, the list of participating brands now includes Cummins, Daimler Truck and Bus, AHG, Komatsu, Penske Power, PACCAR Dealer Network, Westrans, CJD Equipment, Bayford, Brierty, FDWA and Lindsay Transport.