AUSTRALIA: The first students has successfully completed the Inland Rail Skills Academy Foundation Course in Boggabilla, New South Wales. This covered construction skills, literacy, numeracy, financial and digital literacy and career preparation skills.
The students can now apply for positions with contractors such as Freight Connect, the preferred civil works contractor for the North Star to Border section of Inland Rail, or take their studies further by undertaking a Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure or in Infrastructure & Resource qualifications.
‘Inland Rail is not just about building the railway line, as important as that is, it’s also about building the capability and capacity of local communities to continue to grow’, said Inland Rail Director of Health, Safety & Environment, Steve Jones. ‘There is no better legacy than helping local people learn new skills that set them up for new careers that can help them build better lives for themselves and their families.’