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FAQs

Employers

Why should I take part in this traineeship?

Transport operators have told the Road Transport Forum (RTF) that access to drivers is their number one challenge.

We’ve listened and come up with a tailor-made traineeship that:

  • Is an RTF-designed system to meet the unique needs of the road freight transport industry
  • Offers hands-on RTF support, with dedicated staff members 
  • Will improve the industry – better safety and capability
  • Will make the industry more attractive as a career choice
  • Gives national recognition with NZQA certified qualifications
  • Has MITO support: Mentors and eLearning
  • Offers a pathway to a sustainable career in our industry
  • Reduces labour supply shortages for participating companies over time
  • Funding support: Fees free qualifications and licencing and income subsidy for some trainees 

Will managing a trainee be extra work for my business?

Taking on a trainee will obviously increase the workload for your business in the short term. Transport operators who choose to take on a trainee are those that understand the big picture; the longevity of both the industry as a whole and of their businesses.  

The benefits of building a relationship with a trainee who’s keen to become a proficient and safe driver, will likely outweigh added costs in the short term. 

The benefits of an industry-wide traineeship programme will be felt both across the industry as a whole, as well as by businesses that choose to take part in directly improving their own workforce.

I have never taught anyone before, can I still participate?

The experts in our industry are people just like you who are running transport businesses. The traineeship will provide you with structure and support to mentor a trainee and share your knowledge.  You will have access to an experienced RTF co-ordinator.

I see the time delay related to licencing as a potential barrier to a successful traineeship, is there anything being done about this?

Watch this space! The RTF recognises the importance of this, and we are in discussions with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency about ways to make the Accelerated Licencing Process more accessible in conjunction with our traineeship and qualifications.

What’s the cost?

This programme is heavily subsidised by the industry. Your fee assists us in covering some of our operating costs, such as: labour, travel, marketing, and administration.

Traineeship admin fee

Trainee type Fees +gst
RTF sources trainee $1,500
Transport operator sourced trainee $950
Subsequent trainees $750
Non-associate businesses per trainee $3,000
MSD sourced trainee No cost

 

Is there any financial support available?

If you take on a trainee that was previously a Ministry of Social Development (MSD) client, MSD may be able to subsidise approximately one sixth of their wage. Furthermore, they will be eligible for work readiness financial assistance.

Trainees

Will I get to travel the country?

Some trucking businesses focus on doing ‘line-haul’ delivery, which means transporting goods a long distance from city to city. These drivers will get to travel great distances every day for work. Be sure to bring up your ambitions and preferences with the Road to success team.

I want to be back at my own home every night, is this possible?

Some of the trucking businesses focus on doing ‘metro’ work, which means transporting goods short distances typically within one city or region. These drivers will have multiple runs every day, and will be back home every night. Be sure to bring up your ambitions and preferences with the Road to success team.

Can I get paid more?

We have set the minimum hourly wage for this traineeship at $21.50. However, some businesses may start you off on a higher rate, especially if you already have relevant experience or already have your class 4 licence. Your pay will also increase as progress your licence and take on more responsibilities as per your employer's usual employment practice. Experienced drivers can make lots of money, graduating this traineeship will place you on track to get there.

I’ve previously been suspended from driving my class 1 vehicle, can I still be a truck driver?

Past offences, particularly those related to driving, may hinder your chances of finding employment as a truck driver. However, this is very much on a case-by-case basis, so please get in contact as you may still be eligible.