Dump Truck Driving To Focus On Appealing To Women 03/07/2007

It has been reported that as many as 80,000 male lorry drivers could be set to retire in the next few years. With this in mind, truck driving, including vehicles such as lorries and dump trucks could be used to challenge stereotypical preconceptions about lorry and dump truck drivers to target an increasingly female recruitment base. Because of an alleged employment focus which is ostensibly on service related jobs, it can be claimed that the obtaining of LGV licences to drive lorries and relative licences for vehicles such as dump trucks are not championed in the representation of employment to those entering the workplace. This is despite lorries and carrying vehicles being integral to the transportation of important everyday items, such as supermarket goods, as well as the use of dump trucks in the transfer of construction materials such as sand or gravel.

A sudden decrease in lorry and dump truck driver numbers could cause chaos for a number of industries who rely on such carriers to maintain businesses. Should this occur, new ways of recruiting lorry and dump truck drivers will be required, so as to tap into a new employment resource. Due to the fact that women make up such a small percentage of lorry and dump truck drivers, it could be alleged that as a demographic, they will be targeted to fulfil gaps in the employment sector.

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