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Victorian students taking part in the Certificate II in Heavy and Light Rail Fundamentals (pre-vocational).

With a forecast skills shortage over the next decade, we need young people to consider a career in the Australian rail industry.

In an Australian first, a two-year pilot program has begun for high school students with an interest in rail and construction. The program will help prepare them for a career in the industry.

Led by the Level Crossing Removal Project, the Victorian rail industry has worked together to develop an introductory rail qualification for high school students, known as Certificate II in Heavy and Light Rail Fundamentals (pre-vocational).

The course is aimed at students in years 9 and 10 and aims to encourage more secondary students to consider joining the rail industry after finishing school.

The two-year, part-time course will count towards a VCE qualification, and will provide students with a basic knowledge of the rail industry in Victoria.

By the end of the course, students will have the technical know-how to lay sections of rail track and use a model signalling system to control a train’s movement. Students will also benefit from the use of industry experts as guest speakers.

The industry needs more rail workers in all roles, including customer service, train drivers, track workers, signalling engineers and construction workers to keep up with the current pace of infrastructure projects, especially in Victoria.

With the two-year pilot program set to finish in 2021, this program is just one of many ways the Level Crossing Removal Project is helping to prepare the next generation of rail workers to deliver an unprecedented amount of infrastructure across Melbourne.

This year’s course is fully booked, however, you can register your interest or ask a question about the program by emailing railcareers@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

For more information about careers in rail, visit the Rail Academy website.

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