Passenger Rail, Workforce, Certification & Training

Sydney Trains looking to recruit more women

A new recruiting campaign for train drivers in New South Wales will specifically target women, after the state’s transport minister said there was no good reason for men to dominate the employment figures in the sector.

Just 6% of train drivers and 14% of guards in NSW are women.

Transport minister Andrew Constance on February 24 said there was no justification for the numbers.

“The days of shoveling coal on steam trains is long gone,” he said.

“This is a job for everyone.”

Train drivers and guards get a chance to see Sydney “from a whole new perspective,” the minister said.

“We are challenging more women to seriously consider a career as one of our train drivers or as a guard.”

One woman who has worked on the railway for some time is 18-year-veteran Mary-Jean Savage.

Savage, 46, is a driver for Sydney Trains.

“It’s a great career path where everyone starts off equally regardless of your gender,” she said.

“You don’t have to have a degree or formal qualification, just a really positive attitude.

“It’s not your typical 9 to 5 job and I get to spend more time with my family,” she added.

Applications for this round of recruiting will close on March 12 for drivers, while the guards recruitment drive will run from March 10 to March 26.