New rail pilot program for VCE students

Posted: 16th Mar

The Newport Rail Academy, led by the Level Crossing Removal Project, has just launched a two-year pilot program for year 9 and year 10 high school students to obtain a Certificate II in Heavy and Light Rail Fundamentals (pre-vocational).

The certification will count towards a VCE qualification and provide hands-on training.

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.

More than half of the workers in the rail industry are currently aged over 45, and only 11 per cent aged under 30, so it’s vital that the next generation consider a job in the rail industry.

Two-year, part-time course is aimed to encourage more secondary students to consider a career in rail.

Find out more at the Rail Academy website.

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