BY JESSICA NICOL
Business is booming for one of Victoria’s largest traffic management companies, Go Traffic, thanks to a reputation for service excellence and safety – now they’re sharing the love with a bounty of employment opportunities.
Go Traffic general manager Stuart Wickens said they currently employ 300 staff, but the addition of a Powercor contract commencing December 1, is expected to add another 150 positions.
Joining depots in Geelong, Colac, Ballarat, West Melbourne and Horsham, Go Traffic is setting up in Shepparton, Bendigo, Mildura and Echuca.
“We’re going into four regions we’ve never really been before and are looking for around 60 new staff to help set up the depots there,” Mr Wickens said.
“We’ve also got a bigger piece of the contract in the areas we currently work. For us it’s a huge increase in staff, and we’re really looking to get as many new people on board as we can before the contract commences.”
Mr Wickens said Go Traffic prides themselves on supporting local communities through creating and nurturing local job opportunities.
“We really want to get the message out that when we’re working in Bendigo, we want to give local people the chance to work in their community – we don’t just want to bring Geelong people in to do the job,” he said.
“We work very closely with organisations liked GROW G21 (Geelong Regional Alliance) and other GROW organisations in Bendigo, Shepparton and Ballarat.
“They help disadvantaged people get work and we’ve had a lot of success with these companies, getting people through the door who end up being really great candidates. It feels good that we’re helping the community.”
Mr Wickens said they are looking for traffic controllers – ideally people that already have the right qualifications.
“There’s a traffic ticket, a white card and a driver’s license (that’s what a traffic controller needs). You don’t necessarily need experience, anyone that’s looking for a bit of a change or to get into some casual work is welcome.
“We have found people around 50 years and older are really good too. They’re reliable and flexible. This is a great opportunity for anyone that wants to have a go at traffic management.
“We have another business Go Training that does all the tickets, so if anyone doesn’t have all of them, we can do the training and then pair them with an experienced person.”
With over 25 years’ experience in the industry Mr Wickens said now is a wonderful time to venture into traffic control.
“Traffic control offers flexible hours and a chance to earn extra income. So many of our employees began in traffic control and worked their way up,” he said.
“Anyone who is willing to put in a bit of time, to learn and follow instructions, they really can make a career out of it – there’s huge opportunities.”
For more information and to apply go to: gotraffic.com.au/recruitment