Women on Wheels: Five New Drivers Recruited

19.04.2022

Hima Cement has enrolled another five truck drivers on the Women on Wheels program. This brings the total number to female drivers to 10, which makes up 29% of drivers on the company owned fleet.

 

 

Back in 2018, Hima Cement started an initiative to have its own fleet of trucks and made a decision to employ 50% women drivers on that fleet. To attract female drivers, the company implemented a partnership with a professional hiring contractor to identify and recruit through;
 

  • Offering free driving lessons and training for women.
  • Supporting women in acquiring and upgrading their driving permits.
  • Encouraging all material suppliers to hire female drivers.

Six female drivers were recruited on the program and one of our long-term transporters also hired two female drivers.

“Since the inception of the program, we have seen a positive impact on road safety, on-time customer delivery commitments and positive public perception of female drivers,” said Samuel Idiye, the Country Health and Safety Manager.

Other Benefits include:

  • 6% more mileage per litre of fuel compared to male counterparts
  • 15% lower vehicle maintenance costs
  • Improved customer relations

 

Challenges

The pool of female truck drivers in Uganda is still small; attributed to lack of awareness and limited perception of the opportunities available in this sector. Government policies on heavy goods vehicle driver licensing are also restrictive.

“We have initiated several partnerships to overcome these challenges, for instance the partnerships with Safe Way Right Way, GIZ, Private Sector Foundation to support Training activities for women drivers,” says Joseph Ssekabira, Head of Logistics.

 

On-Job Training to increase Number of Female Drivers

Starting this April, we have introduced a new initiative where female drivers with a valid Heavy Goods Vehicle driving license, but who lack experience and opportunity to practice are now recruited, with a waiver to allow two drivers in the cabin instead of the one driver in cabin company policy.

The new driver will get on-the-job training and get further coaching by senior drivers and the driver trainers available at the different dispatch sites.

The coaching experience will last two months and the driver will be ready to take over a truck independently after an assessment. “We want to have 50% female drivers on the company owned-fleet,” says Ssekabira.

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Women on Wheels Launched across Holcim Group

Women on Wheels Launched across Holcim Group

In March 2022, Holcim Group launched Women on Wheels Program, in an effort to increase the pool of female truck drivers in the business across the world.
 

The program’s vision states: Building on our Holcim Diversity Statement, we want to create a healthy harmonious and safer workforce which includes all kinds of people. To that effect, we want to proactively recruit female truck drivers and welcome them into the Holcim family through local, national and global programs.