PACCAR Parts will celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 with a parts catalogue honouring the many women playing a vital role in Australia’s trucking and transport industry.
The official theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is, “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.”
The February/March PACCAR Parts catalogue will introduce to customers women who work in a variety of roles across the trucking industry and ask them how they came to achieve their goals and their advice for women starting out.
Women currently make up around 20 per cent of the workforce in transport and logistics. With the latest research showing that a more gender-diverse workforce improves business performance, encouraging more young women to consider a career in transport is a major talking point throughout the catalogue.
The catalogue features photos and individual stories from women bucking stereotypes to achieve exceptional standards in trucking and transport.
PACCAR Australia’s Chief Engineer Noelle Parlier is a true champion of the game, kicking back stereotypes to become not just a high-achieving woman in trucking, but also an engineer, another male-dominated industry. Noelle leads a group of one hundred engineers to design, produce and support Kenworth and DAF trucks and aftermarket services in Australia.
“Not only do I get to do what I love, but I’ve had the opportunity through my job to live abroad with my family and experience different cultures,” say Noelle. “It’s very rewarding.”
Noelle adds that sometimes being the only female in the room is a challenge, but she sees it as an opportunity to provide a unique perspective.
“I can’t wait to be a part of the conversation. I love being engaged, providing different perspectives and considerations to develop our product with our customers in mind.”
As a leader, Noelle encourages other women to come and work in the trucking industry.
“We need you and want you! The transport industry is the lifeblood of our country,” Noelle says.
Townsville Parts Interpreter for Brown and Hurley, Dimity Lamb, started as an apprentice and is now close to achieving top sales to all Brown and Hurley branches. She says there’s a noticeable shift towards a more gender-balanced workforce.
“At the end of the day so long as we get the job done correctly and promptly gender doesn’t matter.”
Dimity says her advice to women looking to start out in the industry is to never give up.
“Always give one hundred per cent and never let anyone make you doubt your ability.”
It’s not just in the offices or the workshops where women are increasingly visible, but also at the coal-face on our roads. Amanda Herringe is an owner/driver from southern NSW.
Amanda faced the same challenges as men do, starting out and establishing a name for herself, but is now reaping the rewards of hard work. Although still making up only around three per cent of drivers, women are earning plaudits for being gentle on gearboxes and economical on fuel.
It’s no surprise Amanda has an eye on what’s coming next down the road.
With the average age of truck drivers increasing and demand for freight transport continuing to grow Australia will need more and more truck drivers going forward. This presents a great opportunity for women considering a career behind the wheel.
“More women are accepted in the industry than ever before and there are plenty of women out there doing it, so there’s nothing stopping you,” says Amanda.
The PACCAR Parts February/March 2019 catalogue includes photographs and quotes from these women and more, highlighting the valued and significant contribution made by women in trucking and transport in Australia.