TAFE teacher Gerry Tempelman sees a big career future for Gympie as a transport hub.
TAFE teacher Gerry Tempelman sees a big career future for Gympie as a transport hub. Renee Pilcher

New course prepares for new era

GYMPIE TAFE logistics teacher Gerry Tempelman says the city's campus has big plans to be a part of a bright new future for Gympie as a "transport hub".

Mr Tempelman said new course packages were available to help train people in skills to give them the best possible chances in an emerging industry.

His TAFE courses this year would provide overlapping skills so that truck drivers knew what warehousing people needed and vice-versa.

The two closely related skill areas increasingly needed employees who could understand both sides of an industry that put stock items on shelves and ensured that we did not run out of, well, just about everything, he said.

Many warehousing workers employed a range of driving skills in their jobs.

Some specialised skills included timber driving, featuring skills that might be needed by firms such as Gympie's Carter Hold Harvey, he said.

Others involved efficient transport of refrigerated goods.

"It's a whole new set of training packages for us," he said.

"You have situations now where people doing warehousing don't know what truck drivers need and truck drivers don't know what the warehousing people need.

It was all part of the business of logistics, which was very much an integral part of most other industries.

Producing goods did not help much if they could not get to market or at least to pre-market storage, he said.

The object of having people understand each other's needs and to have them trained as well as possible in their own jobs was to achieve high levels of efficiency.

Logistics also involved organisational and planning skills, which would be even more important as the Gympie Region grew. "In the next few years, Gympie is going to become a fairly substantial hub," he said.

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