Uk driver

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  1. Nikon

    Nikon Bobtail Member

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    Hi all in Australia

    you have probably read this heard this many times , drivers from the uk asking how easy is it to gain employment work in your country , well I am also asking the the Same and what how and advice on how to gain possible employment in your country , please can you send me help advice thanks.


    Would if possible like to work in the mining industry or airports. But willing to consider just about well almost.

    Class 1. Driver
    food logistics
    beer distribution
    dray work
    timber industry
    chilled ambient logistics
    FLT driver
    steel logistics
    manual handling beer industry trainer
    digital tachograph trainer
    cpc holder
    Driver trainer
     
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  3. milo2

    milo2 Bobtail Member

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    I have been here since the late 80s. First thing I did was to retake my licence wasnt transferable then, doubt it is know. Will be a one day training test. They do it in groups as well can be cheaper. The test is not much different than a uk one, on the road, questions and a reverse around cones. Would suggest you get a crash box endorsed licence, as the rr 18 spd is the box of choice.
    Fridges if you can tell a prospective employer that you know all the relevantstuff might be advantageous, especially if you know about fault finding etc.
    Cpc irrelevant over here and few will know what you are on about!
    Load restraint knowledge is handy, chains etc. Wt per device. Australia is a bit a--- so dogs etc are banned in lots of places.
    If you can tarp and are willing to a few avenues open up.
    TACHOS forget it we are inthedark ages using logbooks sorry work diaries!
    Lik3 most places there is plenty of work, just need to get a foot inthe door and make cintacts and decide where what you want to do.
    My first job in oz was at a council, with a rigid and small machinery pig trailer, they couldnt find a driver with a semi licence so voila straight in.
    Appplying straight of for an interstate job, a bit hardas you will needso knowledge of the states peculiarities and there are man.
    Lot of seasonal work as well. Tippers inharvest time etc.
    Be prepared to start off with maybe old trucks and less than optimal pay, but if you are a good operator others will note and other jobs will open up.
    In a nutshell it will depend on you. Nightsaway there can be lots in some spheres, so family etc. Locationin oz some places are crying out for drivers.
    There is a common job that uses lots of agency drivers and that is changeovers. Adelaide to Melbourne chnage in Nhill. Sydney Melbourne change at Tarcutta. This is so trucks are back in hometown everyday, so another driver can use truckfor loading etc.
    If you are onfident in a drawbar and drag here we call them truck and dog, thenthere are lots of openings. Mind they are used differently over here andat much bigger weights as tippers, but if you canreverse one around asite openingswill be substantial.
    To finish the b double is big over here and an m/c endorsed licence, is very advantageous, especially interstate. This stands for multi combination, more than 1 trailer. This generally means you need a semi licence for at least a year. But your age? Previous experience might allow you to take this licence straightoff. Same sortastuff, practical, theory and reverse test.
    As anywhere pay and conditions can vary substantially. 40 k to 120 k a year. Mines etc are a different kettle of fish. Big bucks =hard work and long hours.
    Me i have no regrets about my choice, except on the odd mon, tue.......etc lol
     
  4. Nikon

    Nikon Bobtail Member

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    Thanks milo some great advice. You got me packing my bags. Pal.
     
  5. Mrs T

    Mrs T Road Train Member

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    We looked into moving to Aus a while ago, and I am pretty sure that for employment based visas the cut-off age is 45.
    I don't know if that significant to you Nikon, I'm too polite to ask your age : )

    Mrs T
    (another ex-pat Brit, I'm a Londoner, now living in Illinois)
     
  6. Nikon

    Nikon Bobtail Member

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    Maybee I might look to the USA has my age is a issue. Back to the search. Thanks for this reply
     
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  8. Nikon

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    Well maybe it's time to look elsewhere I am 2 years to late. But I am not finished plenty of driving left yet I thank you for this. Info.
     
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