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PACCAR Australia has been named winner of the Marshall Goldsmith Talent Development Award by the Australian HR Institute, in its annual HR awards ceremony.

At the ceremony held on November 29, HR Director Robert Brierley accepted the award.

The Talent Development award recognises the company that best demonstrates outstanding initiatives and strategies in the developing talent within its organisation

As well as congratulating the other finalists for investing in the development of their employees and thanking AHRI for the award, Robert extended his gratitude to the PACCAR team for their passion, tenacity and implementation of PACCAR’s talent development strategy.

He further went on to say, “many of you may not have heard of PACCAR Australia, but you probably know us as Kenworth Trucks. There has been a lot of media attention this year about the demise of the automotive manufacturing industry, but PACCAR Australia has been designing and manufacturing Kenworth trucks, profitably every year since 1971 in Bayswater, Victoria. This is testament to our ability to continually innovate and deliver a product customers want to buy.”

“To continue to do this in Australia, we also need innovation and change in our support systems.”

In 2010 PACCAR Australia identified the need to develop its capability in robotics and mechatronics, software engineering, electrical design, leadership, supplier quality management and logistics.

As Robert explained,

“With the ongoing advances in technology incorporated into our truck designs going forward and an expected four percent annual retirement of our professional workforce by 2020, this potential competency gap had to be urgently addressed. So we devised and delivered more than 200,000 hours of training, skills development, rotation projects, promotion and coaching to help build the organisation’s capability and knowledge during what has been a crucial five year period of change and product development.

“We are seeing revolutions in truck design and our team needs to be at the forefront of that change. Between 2015 and 2020 PACCAR Australia will have invested more in product development than the previous 40 years,” Robert continued.

PACCAR Australia’s business model differs from traditional volume-based manufacturing. Kenworth Trucks locally custom designs a product range fit for purpose across a variety of applications.

“Our employees are capable of applying their business and engineering skills cross-functionally and understanding all stages of the value chain,” Robert added.

“Our new program has helped us fill the gaps left by retiring employees but also garner their experience and skills prior to their departure to develop younger PACCAR staff.”

“We are delighted with the results we are achieving and with the recognition of being the winner of this award.”

“This award is for our employees, recognising their commitment to quality, satisfying our customers and passion for the product so we can proudly say Kenworth trucks are Australian Made, World’s Best.”

The AHRI Awards is Australia’s most prestigious HR awards program that recognises and celebrates HR excellence, with each award category independently judged by an advisory panel of global leaders from HR and business.

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