Rail industry news (Australia, New Zealand)

Rail career advice on national level

Delivering rail training since 2016, Training Ahead Australia (TAA) has become the training provider of choice for many rail operators, rail contractors and Tier 1 contractors. 

The Melbourne-based organisation is expanding across Australia and implementing many initiatives, to provide solutions to the current challenges that the rail industry faces.

TAA specialises in training for the rail sector, with the aim of improving safety standards throughout – which is achieved by combining industry experience with fresh and innovative training strategies.

The TAA team possess a broad and varied mix of skills, backgrounds and experience – from rail professionals who have served in the industry in excess of 30 years, to those who are just starting out in their careers.

TAA Chief Executive Dannielle Walz said the goal was to help individuals and businesses to be more effective and efficient, to create a safer, more streamlined workplace for everyone.

“We can now roll out quality training and straightforward career guidance and advice on a national level – further supporting the rail industry,” she said.

“Like many industries, rail has been suffering from a skills shortage, which can have significant consequences for both individuals and companies.

“Historically, entering the rail industry could be confusing for newcomers. In Victoria, TAA has become known for offering full support and clear, personalised advice for  how people and businesses can enter this lucrative industry.

“While we do offer training ourselves, TAA is more commonly known for offering career guidance – not just for our own training offerings, but to help as many people as possible start off in rail with confidence, with a focus on safety.”

This includes during busy periods, taking up to 3,000 inbound phone calls per month in Victoria alone, from companies seeking guidance to be compliant in rail and individuals looking to enter the industry     or upskill.

TAA has now rolled this free service out nationally, to help better educate people on understanding career pathways.

TAA can assist individuals looking to enter the industry or companies who require guidance on what qualifications their staff require, the call centre has a primary focus on:

  • Answering calls on how to enter the rail industry and work with different operators
  • What re-certifications are required
  • How the Rail Industry Worker Card   system works
  • The different job roles for safeworking and rail infrastructure
  • Provide suggestions on where to start for applying for jobs

Walz said TAA was committed to helping the rail industry to “be at its best”.

She said this includes being:

  • Outcome-focused: “Through our ever-increasing knowledge base, personalised service and a passion for the rail industry, we help people and business to achieve the right result for them.”
  • Caring: “We care! We genuinely want to support our clients – the more effectively we can help them, the better we serve the rail industry overall.”
  • Compliant: “Doing things the right way not just because we have to – but because we believe it’s what should be done, and because we want to be accountable to everyone we work with.”
  • Working smart: “We’ll never tire of doing our very best to deliver quality, innovative training that truly fits the needs of everyone we work with.”
  • First-rate: “Through a diverse range of experience and knowledge, supported by a genuine desire to help, our team provides unparalleled service.”

TAA is already an approved training provider for the Melbourne Metro, ARTC and V/Line rail networks.

It offers onsite or public courses, which can be held after hours, on the weekends or during night shift if needed.

Looking to the future, Training Ahead is looking to deliver training nationally for:

  • Rail infrastructure
  • Rail safeworking
  • Train driving and rail operations
  • Shunting
  • Certificate IV in training and assessment
  • Health and Safety Representative training
  • Variety of recertifications

The TAA website has a wealth of information on how individuals or businesses can enter the rail industry, as well as full course suites and a courses calendar.

Contact TAA on 1300 355 900 or via the website: trainingahead.com.au