Railway opportunities open for women


More women in Victoria, including those in Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges, will have the chance to enter the rail industry through a new state government initiative.

Titled ‘Women on Track’, the $8 million apprenticeship innovation fund will help more women into traditionally male dominated fields.

The program includes a bridging course to ensure participants are supported with the skills to gain the necessary licenses to work in trades-based roles in the rail industry.

“There are so many exciting opportunities in our rail industry – that’s why we’re supporting women who want to pursue a meaningful and well-paid career in a traditionally male-dominated area,” public transport minister Ben Carroll said.

Jobseekers will be able to get real-life experience manufacturing and maintaining Melbourne’s trains, while undertaking a Certificate II in Electrotechnology.

The practical component will be undertaken as part of the High Capacity Metro Trains Project which is delivering 70 trains, the largest single order of trains in Victoria’s history.