Brendan O'Connor and Caroline Wilkie

AUSTRALIA: The Australasian Railway Association has launched a Work in Rail campaign to highlight career opportunities in the sector.

A Work in Rail website showcases 80 different careers, outlining each role as well as training and education pathways, salaries and providing links to current vacancies.

The campaign aims to help inform school and higher education students about career opportunities, while people working in other industries can take a self-assessment quiz to find roles that best suit their interests.

‘Work in Rail highlights the many ways you can build a rich and rewarding career in rail while supporting an industry that delivers significant sustainability, safety and health benefits to the wider community’, said ARA CEO Caroline Wilkie on April 27.

‘With A$154bn in rail construction activity planned over the next 15 years, there has never been a better time to build a career in rail, and this project will help job seekers find the role that is right for them.’

Federal Minister for Skills & Training Brendan O’Connor said the rail industry already supports 165 000 jobs in Australia and is growing every year.

‘Job opportunities in rail are many and varied – you could be anything from a mechanical engineer to a heritage advisor, plumber or project manager’, he said. ‘There is something to suit everyone, including school leavers, tertiary graduates and skilled workers looking for a change mid-career.’