The Career Start Rail Skills program is a partnership between Energy Skills Queensland (ESQ) and Centre for Excellence in Rail Training (CERT). It has been delivered from the Workshops Rail Museum in North Ipswich since 2018, skilling up locals for work in rail infrastructure construction and maintenance work.
The current intake is delivered with support from Inland Rail’s Indigenous Participation team in an effort to prepare local Traditional Owner and other Indigenous community members for employment on the Inland Rail project once it comes to Queensland from early 2022.
Seven of the 12 participants are Indigenous, with the remainder from refugee and Anglo-Australian backgrounds.
The program gives participants the knowledge and skills required to enter the rail industry as a track worker, installer or maintainer. On average, more than two-thirds of ESQ’s previous program graduates have successfully secured work in the industry.
The training focuses on safe workplace practices and fatigue management, correct handling and use of materials, tools and equipment, and the correct installation and repair of railway sleepers and tracks.
January 22, 2021
New portal facilitating local supplier access to Inland Rail supply opportunities goes live
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has launched an online portal for local and Indigenous businesses to access upcoming supply opportunities on the Inland Rail Tottenham to Albury project.
January 11, 2021
Track formation trials near Gurley
Trans4m Rail will conduct track formation trials near Gurley NSW over a two-week period starting 14 January 2021. The initial trial will involve removing the siding rail and embankment and replacing it with lime stabilised fill.