Arc Infrastructure hosted nineteen year 9 students on Wed, 31 August 2022 at the new Arc Infrastructure training facility, Kewdale. Arc organised a Career Taster Program event showcasing the freight rail network to attract the next generation of rail workers to the sector.
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WA's Rail Access Regime provides a regulated pathway for parties to gain access to pre-determined privately-owned railways. Following extensive consultation and a review of the Regime, the State Government is implementing significant changes to ensure a more effective alternative when commercial negotiations stall, speed up access negotiations and ensure railway access arrangements are fair for all parties.
Feedback is being sought on the draft amendments via https://www.wa.gov.au/railaccessregime, and closes 23 July 2022. You can also email email@example.com to submit your feedback.
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Construction of a $5.6 million specialist METRONET Trade Training Centre at North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus has begun, with works on the $4.6 million Stage 2 section of the project now underway. Stage 1 works included the creation of rail signalling workshops and introduction of electrical rail signalling qualifications to complement the range of engineering qualifications supporting METRONET manufacturing and maintenance. this enabled a pilot group of employees from Rio Tinto, John Holland Group and Hitachi to commence a Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling from Semester 1, 2021, and people with a WA electrical licence to undertake a Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling from Semester 2, 2021.
Sixty new train drivers are poised to graduate from BHP’s Pilbara Rail Academy Traineeship Program, created last year to meet the growing skills shortage in Western Australia. The academy recruits have a range of life skills and experiences, including former Uber drivers, ex-military personnel and mums looking for a career change after raising children.
BHP is investing $20 million (AUD) in the academy program, which aims to employ and train 200 new train drivers over three years. BHP welcomed the first recruits – today’s graduates – into the academy in August last year.
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Australian Industry Standards (AIS) recently released the 2022 Supply Chain Industry Outlook that identifies six megatrends impacting the supply chain. The Outlook focuses on the following industries in the supply chain that AIS supports: Transport and Logistics, Aviation, Maritime, and Rail.
The report is a snapshot of a continually evolving story that is intended to alert and inform a wide audience and enhance the industry’s capacity to act on workforce development initiatives. It also looks at the impact of COVID-19 while addressing the critical role that supply chains play in enabling a strong Australian economy.
You can access the Industry Outlook here.
We were delighted to see an incredible turnout of RTOs representing our diverse industry coverage areas on Friday 3 December 2021 at the LDSC annual RTO Forum. With at least representative from each industry sector: Maritime, Retail, Aviation, Road Transport, Rail, Warehousing and Logistics. A thank you to all our presenters who provided an update on their respective areas with insight into what is occurring for their organisations next year:
The Rail and Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committees have submitted the Case for Endorsement and draft materials for the Transport and Logistics Training Package (Release 10.0) to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee for their consideration.
Recently announced in the Budget, the Federal Government will commit an additional $500 million, to be matched by State and Territory governments, to expand the JobTrainer Fund by a further 163,000 places and extend the program until 31 December 2022. The Fund will support training in digital skills and upskilling in critical industries (I.e. Rail). The JobTrainer Fund was launched in 2020 and will support hundreds of thousands of job seekers, school leavers and young people by providing access to free or low-fee training places in areas of skills shortages.
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The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) has recently released Cases for Change for Rail, Aviation, Transport and Logistics, Maritime, and Defence sectors. This work is aimed at ensuring qualifications, Skill Sets and Units of Competency reflect current technologies, industry practices, and regulations and requires industry feedback required by Tuesday, 11 May 2021 for all sectors.
As always, if you are providing comment, please send a copy of your feedback to the LDSC so that we can ensure feedback from WA Stakeholders has been taken into account during the consultation process.