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GEN44 – Creating a strong pipeline

GEN44 is designed to build a diverse pipeline of graduates ready for careers in rail and transport and is helping to create the new generation of rail talent for Victoria.

Through our partnerships with private sector construction companies and Training for the Future’s (TFTF) government partners, GEN44 aims to provide more than 44 rail-focused internships each year.

University students from marginalised and under-represented communities participate in this program to grow their careers and work to become future industry leaders.

Gen44 aims for women to make up 50 per cent of the total intern intake. Successful GEN44 interns meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • have a disability
  • low socio-economic backgrounds
  • refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds.

GEN44 offers professional development workshops, Future Smart Future Leaders, to equip our industry’s future talent with the enterprising capabilities and skills to thrive and lead the industry into a future even more vibrant and innovative.

Last year we had over 50 interns contributing to TFTF organisations and teams. Interns came from different educational backgrounds such as civil engineering, human resources, architect, finance, arts, psychology, media and communication and more.

Interns also attended two Future Smart Future Leaders professional development workshops and had a chance to network and uncover the skills they need to thrive.

Participants in the Gen44 program

Yarra Trams’ message to potential GEN44 recruiters

Yarra Trams recruited two interns from GEN44 last summer.

One of the interns was Rupesh Panta, who has just completed a Bachelor of Human Resource Management.

Rupesh interned in the HR projects team and was offered a full-time ongoing role as Administrator, Finance and Corporate Services.

“I have really enjoyed getting involved in project work, meeting HR professionals and the job shadowing opportunities. I’ve had access to people from Payroll, Recruitment and the general HR team. I would not have had such great exposure to the industry in an open and professional environment if it were not for the program,” Rupesh says.

Yarra Trams’ Luke Futcher-Daniels says the motivation for participating in GEN44 is toincrease opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds and support the creation of a talent pipeline for future rail industry employees.

“Watching our interns gain confidence from being quiet and unsure to proud contributors in Yarra Trams’ teams was very rewarding, not to mention that we have a hard-working, loyal employee in Rupesh,” says Luke.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to help develop GEN44 interns grow and succeed.

“We look forward to being a part of GEN44’s next intern intake and contributing further to creating a stronger, more diverse and inclusive workplace at Yarra Trams and for the rail industry more broadly.”

For more information about the program visit the GEN44 page.

Rupesh Panta

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