OPPORTUNITY COST: Tully Young says the industry’s cyclical nature is a major challenge. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Blue Tongue takes east-west approach

Not long after Melbourne-based Blue Tongue was launched in 2001 its founder, Tully Young, recognised that Western Australia had a transport industry skills shortage – so he moved himself and almost half his business to Perth.

Mr Young said since establishing what he claims is a unique up-skilling model for heavy diesel truck mechanics about three years ago, the program now made up 80 per cent of his total business.

In the past two years, Blue Tongue has up-skilled 160 car mechanics, mostly from Sydney, as heavy diesel mechanics to get jobs in WA.


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