A new Victorian Government initiative 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 which helps more women into traditionally male dominated fields – giving jobseekers the chance to get real-life experience manufacturing and maintaining Melbourne’s trains, while undertaking a Certificate II in Electrotechnology.
The practical component is being undertaken as part of the High Capacity Metro Trains Project which is delivering 70 trains, the largest single order of trains in Victoria’s history.
The program includes a bridging course to ensure they are supported with the skills to gain 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 services provider Downer, Holmesglen TAFE, Hallam Secondary College and Doveton Hallam Community Learning Network.
The $8 million Apprenticeship Innovation Fund is supporting more people from under-represented groups into apprenticeships, with almost $5 million specifically allocated to support women into meaningful and well-paid careers in traditionally male-dominated trades such as automotive, electrical, plumbing and aviation.
Since 2014, the Government has made a record $3.2 billion investment to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and rewarding career pathways.
In line with NAIDOC week, a High Capacity Metro Train displaying artwork by Wurundjeri woman Mandy Nicholson, will hit the tracks from next week chosen from a group of works by Victorian First Nations artists.
A full High Capacity Metro Train service is on track to be running on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines this Summer.
Public Transport minister Ben Carroll said there were many exciting opportunities in the rail industry.
“That’s why we’re supporting women who want to pursue a meaningful and well-paid career in a traditionally male-dominated area,” he said.
“We have 23 HCMTs now in passenger service on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines with a full service expected for summer – and they’re trains built right here in Melbourne.”