8 August 2017
The Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today to meet the first intake of signalling cadets at the Newport Rail Academy. The nine cadets will get vital, on-the-job training while working on the Metro Tunnel and Level Crossing Removal Project – boosting their skills and experience while they are studying.
Over the next two years more than 150 cadets will be recruited to help address the skills gap in railway signal engineering. They’ll be in high demand in Victoria’s rapidly growing rail industry, with major transport projects, including the Level Crossing Removal Project, creating job opportunities across the state.
Increasing the number of qualified signalling experts is critical to the delivery of these huge projects, which will boost safety, reduce congestion and create room to run more trains, more often.
The Government has partnered with the rail industry to develop a vocational Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Railway Signalling Systems. The new courses have been developed in under six months in collaboration with Metro, V/Line, UGL (a member of CIMIC Group), Aurecon Group, and Siemens Limited, with accreditation guidance from Box Hill Institute.