In one of the final major courses to be delivered by REDI.E before COVID-19 caused a temporary suspension of programs - 11 VTEC participants have successfully gained their Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure.
The course took place in Dubbo and had 100 per cent attendance, with the participants learning the skills and knowledge relevant to:
- workplace health and safety,
- environmental procedures,
- effective communication techniques,
- appropriate manual handling techniques,
- fatigue management,
- rail safeworking requirements.
Participants learned how to install railway infrastructure, operate minor mechanical equipment, interpret plans and job specifications, measure and record track geometry and operate on-track equipment.
VTEC Employment Consultant Kevin Saul said the attitude of the participants was admirable.
‘Some of the guys were coming from as far as Stuart Town and Gulargambone, five days a week for three weeks,’ he said.
‘It was a huge level of commitment. We were so impressed.’
Several of the participants have started work with rail companies, while others have used the qualification to demonstrate their commitment to learning and upskilling - and have gained employment in the mines.
Mr Saul said REDI.E partnered with other local companies to deliver the training.
‘We would like to thank Joblinkplus and Sureway - who helped look after the trainees and provide uniforms and other essential items needed to complete the course, Also we would like to make a special mention to Michael Cooper, the Community Economic Development Officer at the NSW Aboriginal Lands Council efforts assisted in establishing this training project.’
‘We would also like to thank CERT training and ARTC, who allowed us to use the old railway behind Apex Oval, to provide practical experience, so the trainees could work on actual railway tracks.’
This initiative is funded/supported by the Australian Government.