Forbes locals kick start careers in rail with help from the Inland Rail Skills Academy

Six community members from Forbes and surrounding areas, including four First Nations participants, have kick started their careers in the rail sector after participating in a Safely Access the Rail Corridor (SARC) training course, run by The Instruction Company in partnership with the Inland Rail Skills Academy.

Forbes railway station, New South Wales

The course was provided over two days in Forbes, New South Wales, and opens up future career opportunities in the rail sector such as Track Worker, Track Installer and Track Maintainer roles.

SARC is a nationally recognised course designed for rail workers who are required to enter the rail corridor as part of their role and is designed to give learners the basic skills and knowledge needed to safely enter and navigate the rail corridor.

Successfully passing the course is a mandatory requirement for receiving the Rail Industry Worker (RIW) card for many rail network providers.

For more information on training and development opportunities available with the Inland Rail Skills Academy, visit our Education and Scholarships page or email:

Stephen Jones, Inland Rail Director of Health, Safety and Environment, said:

“Working in the railway industry can open doors to a career full of exciting opportunities, but like any job, comes with a responsibility to ensure safety for yourself and those around you. That’s why the Inland Rail Skills Academy offers crucial health and safety courses such as Safely Access the Rail Corridor training, to get participants started on the right path.

“Inland Rail is being built now to create a new freight future for Australia. Through the Skills Academy, Inland Rail is significantly contributing to the communities and regions along the alignment by creating opportunities for education, training and skills development, and employment.”