The Australian Trucking Association or ATA lauded the Veterans Employment Program. According to Geoff Crouch, who is the Vice Chairperson of the ATA at the Managing Director of Ron Crouch Transport, the Australian trucking industry will greatly benefit from the Veterans Employment Program. The Veterans Employment Program was designed to provide assistance to the retired members of the Australian Defense Force or ADF. Through the program those former ADF personnel will be assisted in their transition to post-service careers. The program was initiated by the Prime Minister. At the Kirribilli House, the announcement about the program was attended by various groups. Ron Crouch was the one who represented the ATA community.
Being in the trucking industry for years, Crouch has had an extensive transport background. Crouch believes that the former ADF personnel who have strong background in logistics and other related sets of skills will have no problem should they transition their careers into the road transport industry. Crouch has expressed praise and support to the Veterans Employment Program further stating that the trucking industry is a natural partner for the said program. He also briefly tackled about the driver shortage which the trucking industry is currently dealing with. Crouch went on saying, “the present driver shortage in the trucking industry demonstrates its potential to not just benefit ADF personnel but the wider economy.”
In line with this, Ron Crouch Transport has employed a number of former Australian Defense Personnel across the last 30 years. Ron Crouch Transport is family-owned transport business offering premiere logistics services from Melbourne to Brisbane to WaggaWagga, Adelaide and Sydney. They have one base that is located close to the Australian Army Recruit Training Centre in Kapooka. The Ron Couch Transport Company firmly believes that the former ADF personnel will become exceptionally valuable members of the trucking industry workforce due to the kind of training the ADF members are getting from the army. Geoff Crouch has remarked, "Knowing the skill and the commitment these people have, I wouldn't hesitate to employ former members of the army.” With this, he also encourages other businesses involved in the trucking industry to take advantage of the opportunity of hiring skilled former ADF personnel. He also urged those who are in the same industry to become Veteran Employment Ambassadors themselves.
A recent survey has showed that there is a growing shortage of truck drivers in Australia. The National Transport Commission or NTC has released a report in August 2016 concerning Australia’s trucking industry. The report ‘Who Moves What Where’ has found out that the transport sector of Australia is estimated to grow up to 26% over the nest coming decades. In another report which was published by Volvo, it was found out that 46% of the Australian truck operators are dealing with the shortage of drivers and another 52% are struggling to reach the right number of drivers to cater the needs of their transport and trucking business. The Veterans Employment Program is seen as a valuable part of solutions to the Australian trucking industry’s shortage of available drivers. Check out the website at Driver Armellini