This is our newest combination and a further example of our investment in the Aquaculture Industry. This truck and dog transports fish feed from Skretting in Cambridge to our Margate Fish Feed Shed. From there, this feed is loaded onto the Ebenezer for subsequent distribution to Tassal’s fish farms in Southern Tasmanian waters.
As part of our commitment to Training and Development, we are really thrilled to announce that as of the 6th January 2014, we have employed our first 2 School Based Trainees as well as a new Mechanical Apprentice for our workshop.
Josiah De Bruyn has recently commenced Year 11 at Leighlands Christian School. In conjunction with the School and our Registered Training Organisation Transqual, we will be working with Josiah as he undertakes Certificate II in Warehousing Operations.
Isaac De Bruyn is in Year 12 also at Leighlands Christian School. Isaac will also be working with Transqual while he is undertaking Certificate III in Logistics. .
By the end of the year, not only will both Isaac and Josiah have a Nationally Recognised Qualification, but also have completed their Year 11 and Year 12 respectively.
Above: Josiah (L) and Isaac (R) De Bruyn
Left: Jacob De Bruyn
Jacob De Bruyn has also commenced his Apprenticeship in our workshop undertaking Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology. Over the next 4 years, we will be working with Tas Tafe to see Jacob complete his Apprenticeship.
De Bruyn’s Transport has recently been recognised as a Defence Reserves Supportive Employer. We fully support all our reservists should they get called up for service.
The benefits of employing reservists for our organisation are as follows:
- For people who are currently serving as reservists, we as an employer, gain employees who have a wide range of skills and knowledge
- Reservists may be able to gain formal qualifications through the Reserve Service at no cost to us
- Training can include development of leadership, management and teamwork skills that are expected of managers and executives
- If eligible, we can receive financial support should a reservist get called up for service.
For more information about becoming part of this wonderful program, please visit www.defencereservessupport.gov.au
As of 1st January 2014, De Bruyn’s Transport has become a smoke free employer. This means that there will no longer be any smoking areas anywhere in our Depots which also includes car parks and any areas inside workplace boundaries. This also applies to any visitors on our site.
As part of De Bruyn’s Transport Health and Wellbeing program, we fully support and encourage our employees to make healthy choices regarding their lifestyle. We want our employees to not only be fit and healthy for their home / personal life but also for work.
In September 2013, De Bruyn’s Transport passed our second external TruckSafe Accreditation Audit (we passed our first in September 2011). This means that we are now TruckSafe Accredited until September 2015.
The elements of TruckSafe we are accreditation to are as follows:
- Workplace Health and Safety
To become TruckSafe Accredited takes alot of hard work, dedication and effort from every employee in our business and this is a great achievement by all involved.
Nothwithstanding, De Bruyn’s Transport recognises that we must continually improve because everyone in our supply chain benefits, especially our employees and our customers. Our focus on various training, safety health and wellbeing initiatives will continue.
Existing and potential customers seeking more information about TruckSafe are encouraged to visit www.trucksafe.com.au
In a further indication of De Bruyn’s support for the Aquaculture Industry our vessel, the Ebenezer, commenced trial fish feed operations this week to Tassal’s Farms in Southern Tasmanian waters. Once fully operational, this vessel will revolutionise fish feed operations through increased capacity, quicker and safer delivery systems and increased productivity. A further trial is planned for later this week and arrangements are currently underway to finalise infrastructure requirements in Margate to support full operations.
In September 2013, De Bruyn’s conducted a series of informative Mental Health Awareness Sessions for its employees are part of our commitment to our health and wellbeing program. These sessions were conducted by Wayne Foss from OzHelp Tasmania Foundation whose ability to engage with our employees was excellent and prompted a lot of discussion, both during and after the sessions.
Next month, in November 2013, we revisit our Depot Health Challenges with HealthSeek. Di McShane and her colleagues will visit each Depot and follow up on the six monthly challenges as well as conduct quick health checks and provide information on healthy eating and exercise options.
All of this is part of De Bruyn’s commitment to its workforce as well as to its customers. Physical and mental health is critical to everyone’s wellbeing and we want to encourages our workforce to ‘work to live’ and enjoy life both in and out of work. We also want our customers to be confident with the people we use to handle and deliver their goods, which is becoming increasingly critical in chain of responsibility environment.
De Bruyn’s Transport recently secured Skills Tasmania funding for a number of training initiatives in Financial Year 2013/14. This money, along with De Bruyn’s own contributions, will be used to fund Diplomas in Accounting, Human Resources; Certificate IV’s in Logistics as well as skill sets in:
- Chain of Responsibility
- Using National Work Diaries
- Applying Fatigue Management Strategies
- Administering the Implementation of Fatigue Management Strategies
- Licence to drive Heavy Combination Vehicles
- Licence to drive Multi Combination Vehicles
- Operating in Confined Spaces
This funding helps us to achieve our goals of upskilling our staff and ensuring that all of our people can continue to provide excellent and safe customer service within an ever changing regulatory environment.
De Bruyn’s wishes to acknowledge the efforts of our Registered Training Organisations including Transqual, Driver Safety Services, Tas Polytechnic and Skills Institute and Singleton Consulting & Training. We also wish to thank Skills Tas and MEGT for helping us with the funding applications.
In July 2013, De Bruyn’s Transport will start plying the Southern Tasmanian waters with its new fish feed vessel.
The aim of this new investment is to directly support fish farm growth in Southern Tasmanian waters by providing a vessel with increased fish feed capacity that, in turn, possesses a safer delivery system.
www.debruyns.com.au is now the home of De Bruyn’s Transport’s new website. This is where you will find out a huge amount of information about De Bruyn’s including what industries we operate in as well as what we are doing on a safety and environmental front. Clients will also be able to access key documents relating to our National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation certifications, Safety and Environmental Management Systems.
There will be a link from our old website www.dbtrans.com.au to this one and vice versa because the old website still provides the linkages to our Translogix system.
Feel free to bookmark our new site and visit it regularly as well as provide feedback.