We are committed to playing our part in upskilling the nation and ensuring that different groups of people are given the opportunity to help build Inland Rail.
Our ambition is to:
- increase the number of skilled local people eligible for work on Inland Rail
- increase school student awareness and capability
- create opportunities for local businesses to participate in new supply chains
- equip Inland Rail employees with world-class skills
We do this through our Inland Rail Skills Academy.
Our Academy works with industry partners to deliver programs that build skills and prosperity in our local communities, regions and around Australia.
Grand Opportunities ‘virtual work experience’
The Grand Opportunities program, delivered by the Inland Rail Skills Academy in partnership with Grandshake, is helping to shape the next generation of rail and other professionals in STEM careers.
The program for secondary school students brings together schools, industry professionals and parents to give students the opportunity to build real skills and experiences. Students complete virtual work experience through a series of online courses at their own pace to gain a micro-credential in a STEM-related field.
Inland Rail is offering students six virtual work experiences in digital engineering, civil construction, sustainability, electrical technician, systems and signals operator, and environmental planner, to showcase careers in rail construction and operations.
These experiences are available to all secondary students and schools in our alignment communities and beyond.
Scholarships for regional undergraduate students
The Inland Rail Scholarships Program provides real-world education opportunities for regional students considering an undergraduate degree at:
- University of Southern Queensland (QLD)
- Charles Sturt University (NSW)
- La Trobe University (VIC).
Each worth up to $20,000, our scholarships are a great way to start your career in industries that will directly contribute to the prosperity of your local community.
First Nations people and those experiencing financial hardship are particularly encouraged to apply.
Application dates for 2023 will be announced shortly.
Workshops for STEM students and professional development for teachers
Primary and secondary schools will participate in a range of hands-on experiential-style workshops that aim to inspire learning and career paths in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sector.
Professional development will also be offered to teachers to build their skills in teaching STEM subjects.
Skills training – rail construction, operations and rail maintenance
Young people and interested community members will be assisted to gain industry accreditation, which could lead to employment on Inland Rail construction sites or working in operational rail.
Opportunities for local businesses
Small-to-medium enterprises in the regions along the alignment are receiving expert advice on integrating into major project supply chains. They’re also being provided with opportunities to build capability and supply chain readiness to meet the requirements of major projects.
Specialist training for our Inland Rail employees
Our Academy will focus on supporting employees to deliver the Inland Rail project. Training programs will become available for employees to develop skills and capability in areas relevant to their role.
Inland Rail Skills Academy fact sheet
Inland Rail will significantly contribute to the communities and regions along the alignment during its construction, by creating opportunities for education, training and skills development and employment. This additional value of Inland Rail will be realised through the Inland Rail Skills Academy.
December 4, 2023
Albury-Wodonga students take part in SMART science fun
Primary school students in the border region have been given a glimpse into exciting future career opportunities in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) fields after taking part in the STEM on Track interactive science shows led by a specialist team from the University of Newcastle.
November 30, 2023
Riverina locals ready for rail industry
Eight community members in Wagga Wagga including seven First Nations participants have successfully upskilled in their next phase of workplace training, by completing a three day ‘Rail Industry Readiness’ course run by First Nations Registered Training Organisation Yakka Training and the Inland Rail Skills Academy.