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AusRAIL PLUS: IRSE helps boost workforce

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The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers’ (IRSE) presence at AusRAIL PLUS was timely, with the organisation not only able to promote its services, but also its technical conference, ASPECT, scheduled for the week after. 

Among the IRSE representatives manning the stand was Chan Ung, chairperson of the Younger Members Society of the organisation.  

The purpose of the IRSE is to advance the knowledge and practice of the profession through developing, supporting, regulating and promoting professional standards for technical and ethical competence,” he said. 

“The younger members group within this professional body focuses on the needs of those in the initial professional development stage of their career. 

“This includes activities such as networking, career advice, education, training, general presentations and site visits.” 

Chan said there was a steady stream of visitors at AusRAIL PLUS wanting to know more about the IRSE. 

“We are trying to encourage more young engineers to get into rail signalling,” he said. 

“We try to make them understand about the importance of signallers and what they do, how we have the opportunity to go on-site to actually see what we do.” 

Chan said it was important for more engineers to enter the rail industry, as it was well-known that there was a shortage of skilled workers in the sector. 

“We run lectures and webinars and hold exams to get everyone up to that base level for entry and help build up their skills experience,” he said.