New initiative to help women enter the rail industry

The Government of Victoria has launched a new initiative to help women enter the rail industry, with training, apprenticeships and jobs included in the scheme.

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

The practical component is undertaken as part of the High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) project which delivers 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 licenses needed to work in trades-based roles in the rail industry.

Victorian Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, Ben Carroll, said there are many exciting opportunities in our rail industry.

“We support women who want to pursue meaningful, well-paying careers in a traditionally male-dominated field,” Mr. Carroll said.

“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.”

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 trades such as automotive, electrical, plumbing and aviation.

Associate Director of the Holmesglen TAFE Center for Energy and Infrastructure, Dr Ross Digby, said: “This program provides more women with learning and employment opportunities, ensuring participants have the skills, knowledge, confidence and professional background necessary to embark on a long-term career in the railway sector.

Since 2014, the Victorian 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 career paths rewarding.

In line with NAIDOC week, an HCMT featuring artwork by Wurundjeri woman Mandy Nicholson, will be on the runways starting next week chosen from a pool of artwork by Victorian First Nations artists.

A full HCMT service is on track to operate on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines this summer.