Barnsey learns the trucking ropes
IT'S like it was meant to be.
Jayden Barnes' favourite truck growing up was the Bulldog beast Mack, so it's only fitting that now he's been able to achieve his dream of being a truck driver, he gets to drive one every day.
The 22-year-old drives a Mack Vision for De Bruyn's Transport, a multi-dimensional transport company servicing mining logistics (including dangerous goods and explosives transportation), aquaculture (transporting harvest, live fish and fish feed), heavy general freight (one of the largest overnight freight transporters in the Tasmanian market) and bulk goods (cement, Limil and mines concentrate).
"My whole life I've been interested in machinery and fascinated by trucks,” said Jayden, who is known as Barnesy.
"Transport was always my thing and I've loved trucks in general.”
His dad was a tow truck driver, so it seems trucking is in his blood. He started his career as a forklift operator right out of school and then took a job with De Bruyn's in November 2017.
"I got on a forklift and then they put me up through the ranks,” he said.
"Now, I'm in a semi and I'll be in a B-double in February.”
He mostly carts general freight statewide.
"I really just do a bit of everything. I occasionally cart bulk cement too right around the state.”
Jayden said he absolutely loved his job and De Bruyn's.
"It's a really good company, they look out for you and give you opportunities that other places normally wouldn't.”
He described his workplace as "fun on the daily”.
"It's not really a full-on workplace, it's more just an easy place to work that you enjoy rocking up to every day,” he said.
"Especially being a young fella in a truck, it makes it enjoyable every day.”
The youngster said he learnt a lot from other staff at the depot.
"I've got a couple of mates here, that's how I started. Everyone is a mentor and helps each other here learning wise,” he said.
Jayden encouraged other young people who were interested in driving to give it a go.
"Just try to get a foot in the door with any place,” he said.
"Start with a forklift and show them you're keen to do driving.
"If you show an interest in it and you're willing to work your hardest and show you're keen, someone will bring you up (through the ranks). That's the only way you can do it.”
De Bruyn's boss John De Bruyn said the company was committed to giving young drivers a go.
"I always say you've got no right to complain if you're not wanting to train your own drivers. So we are very deliberate and try to employ young people up and add new drivers to the pool,” he said.
"We've got quite a few young drivers like Barnesy and will continue to do so. It's critical for us as a business as we do it. Every transport company can't keep poaching each others' drivers, we need to be training fresh ones.”