Rail training program to boost indigenous jobs

A new program on the Loddon Mallee region’s heritage railway will enable indigenous and vulnerable people to get hands-on training and a certified qualification.

Delivering training to up to 48 people, the new program will open up pathways to further employment on the rail network and ongoing job security.

In its first six months, the pilot program will offer training towards a Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure qualification, with the hands-on component supporting Victorian Goldfields Railway – a tourist and heritage steam rail operator – to upgrade their rail infrastructure between Castlemaine and Maldon.

The pilot program has been made possible with a $90,000 investment from the Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program, which provides funding for local transport initiatives, services and infrastructure across regional Victoria.

The pilot project is a partnership arrangement with the Mount Alexander Shire Council, Victorian Goldfields Railway, Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative and the Centre for Excellence in Rail Training.

The Victorian Goldfields Railway is contributing more than $50,000 through the provision of tools, machinery, consumables and supply of track materials to support the training, with in-kind support from the other project partners to oversee this pilot.