PACCAR Australia has again picked up a major gong for being a good employer, being named Large Employer of the Year for 2018 at the recent Australian Training Awards at the Sydney International Convention Centre

In accepting the award at the event Andrew Hadjikakou, Managing Director PACCAR Australia acknowledged the employees and the company for their collective commitment to learning and development.

“This award is for our employees, whose skills and passion for PACCAR products is the reason our customers receive the best we can produce. It’s their commitment to safety, quality and continuous learning that drives what they do and I am proud to say Kenworth trucks are Australian Made, World’s Best.

“The honour of this is in the public acknowledgement of the work PACCAR Australia has done to deliver an exceptional standard of training for our employees and specifically acknowledges the investment made by the company in recent years in Vocational Education and Training of its employees, suppliers and dealer network.

“In order to provide the highest quality product to our valued customers, we need the best people. To attract highly talented people, among a range of things we offer them the requisite tools and importantly the training and development to not only do their current role but to grow and progress in the company,” he added.

The Large Employer of the Year Award recognises a large business that employs 200 or more full-time equivalent employees, and has achieved excellence in the provision of ‘nationally recognised training’ to its employees.

Some of the vocational training delivered to employees included:

  • Diploma of Engineering delivered over 18 months conducted in partnership with Box Hill Institute,
  • Certificate III in Automotive (Paint) in partnership with Chisolm Institute and PPG, and
  • Certificate III Automotive Mechanical Technician in partnership with Kangan Institute.

This latest award continues an admirable record for PACCAR Australia, which earlier this year won the Victorian Manufacturing Award for Workforce Development. The company has twice before won the Victorian State Government’s Employer of the Year (WPC category) Training Awards, and the Federal Government’s Industry Training Award for Manufacturing, in 2012 and 2007, as well as AHRI Awards for Talent Development and Management in 2017 and 2014.