EPIC contribution keeps Melbourne moving

When life in his hometown of Basra in southern Iraq became too chaotic, Osama Krikor knew it was time for a fresh start. In 2018, the engineer moved to Australia with his wife and young son – leaving behind a home filled with memories.

“Basra was wonderful before all the chaos happened in that area, but Australia opened the door for me to start a better life for my family, away from all that chaos,” he said.

Krikor arrived in Australia with four years’ experience as an engineer. He was the ideal candidate for Metro Trains Melbourne’s Engineering Pathways Industry Cadetship program – also known as EPIC.

EPIC graduate Osama Krikor.

The EPIC program employs engineers from refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds and helps launch their careers on some of Victoria’s biggest transport infrastructure projects.

Krikor was given the opportunity to work for Metro Trains on the Level Crossing Removal Project and earn an Australian qualification.

“Metro Trains connects people and places and provides services for Melbourne’s future – something that I love being a part of,” he said.
After completing the EPIC program, Krikor was employed as a site engineer, and while he misses his hometown, Osama has well and truly settled into his new Australian life.

“I had my second son here in Australia. It is a multi-cultural community and is perfect for my children to grow up and make friends,” he said.

Through the EPIC program, cadets are provided an Australian engineering qualification and paid employment working on level crossing removals and the Metro Tunnel Project.

Learn more about the EPIC program here: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/careers/training-for-the-future/epic-program

Bankstown Line upgrade

A $45 million contract has been awarded to a joint venture of John Holland and Laing O’Rourke to start early construction work at Bankstown Station in Sydney.

Construction work will begin immediately to deliver a new services building, install new Sydney Metro rail systems and communication equipment and convert current Sydney Trains equipment to metro standards.

Following these early works, a separate Bankstown Main Works contract will be awarded to modify Bankstown Station for Sydney Trains services and to get it ready for metro services.

The design will ensure an easy interchange for customers transferring between Sydney Metro and Sydney Trains services.