Towards a career in construction

Our Inland Rail Skills Academy is partnering with TAFE NSW to deliver bespoke training programs in Northern NSW, helping students gain practical experience and that first step towards a career in construction.

TAFE NSW Boggabilla students and teachers standing in front of their practical building project.

At TAFE NSW Boggabilla, students have been undertaking a customised fundamentals program designed to prepare them for employment opportunities with lnland Rail’s contractors. The program kicked off on 15 May and covers topics like career preparation, railway industry safety induction and Certificate II in Construction.

When students graduate in August, they will have completed a building project as part of their studies, getting vital hands-on experience.

Meanwhile in Moree, the Inland Rail Skills Academy and TAFE NSW Moree have collaborated with Homes North to provide an inclusive and culturally safe learning environment for individuals to learn a new trade and enterprise skills.

The program enables participants to complete a dual qualification in construction over 18 weeks. They will also leave having completed a practical project – an outdoor learning area and raised garden bed for the SHAE Academy in Moree.

Students will develop essential skills and knowledge, like how to use construction tools safely, learn simple concreting techniques, plan and organise work, carry out measurements and interpret plans. Importantly, they will also undertake financial literacy skills in partnership with First Nations Foundation My Money Dream.

Inland Rail is committed to leaving a positive legacy for communities along the alignment by creating opportunities for education, training and employment. By working with education providers, not-for-profit organisations and local businesses, we’re learning more about current needs and capabilities, and creating programs for growth and development.

IMAGE: TAFE NSW Boggabilla students and teachers standing in front of their practical building project