Helping more Victorian women in the rail industry

A new initiative from Andrews’ Labor Government is helping more women enter the rail industry, with the chance to earn and learn while working on Melbourne’s rolling stock.

Women on Track is part of the $8 million Apprenticeship Innovation Fund that helps more women in traditionally male-dominated fields – giving job seekers the chance to gain real-world manufacturing experience and maintenance of Melbourne trains, while undertaking a Certificate II in Electrotechnology.

The practical component is being undertaken as part of the High Capacity Tube Train project which is delivering 70 trains, the largest train order in Victoria’s history.

The program includes a bridging course to ensure they are supported with the skills needed to obtain the necessary licenses to work in trades-based roles in the rail industry.

Women on Track is a collaboration between the government, leading rolling stock asset management service provider Downer, Holmesglen TAFE, Hallam Secondary College and the Doveton Hallam Community Learning Network.

The $8 million Apprenticeship Innovation Fund is helping more people from underrepresented groups pursue apprenticeships, with nearly $5 million specifically allocated to help women pursue meaningful, well-paying careers in traditionally male-dominated occupations such as automotive, electrical, plumbing and aviation.

Since 2014, the government has made a record investment of $3.2 billion to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and rewarding career paths .

In line with NAIDOC week, a high-capacity subway train featuring artwork by Wurundjeri woman Mandy Nicholson, will be on the tracks starting next week, chosen from a pool of artwork by First Nations artists victorian.

A full high-capacity Tube train service is on track to operate on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines this summer.

As Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Support and Recovery of Industry Ben Carroll said

“There are so many exciting opportunities in our rail industry – that’s why we are support women who wish to pursue a meaningful and well-paid career in a field traditionally dominated by men.

“We currently have 23 HCMTs in passenger service on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines with full service planned for the summer – and these are trains built right here in Melbourne.”

As Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said

“Women on Track is another example of how Andrews’ Labor Government is stepping up TAFE and training to ensure every Victorian has access to the skills they need to get a great job and live a happy life. ”

As stated by the Associate Director of the Homesglen TAFE Center for Energy and Infrastructure, Dr Ross Digby

“This program provides more women with learning and employment opportunities, ensuring that participants have the skills, knowledge, confidence and professional background necessary to embark on a long-term career in the railway sector. .”

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