Record recruitment drive for new apprentices

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Sydney Trains is looking to hire a record number of new apprentices, with 90 positions on offer.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance joined Sydney Trains Acting Chief Executive Suzanne Holden and two current apprentices at Petersham Training College today to officially launch the recruitment drive.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life for thousands of people across NSW. This apprenticeship program is an opportunity for people who may have been affected to take up an apprenticeship and develop life-long skills in the rail industry,” Mr Constance said.

“Sydney Trains maintains a huge network covering more than 1,500 kilometres and a variety of skills are required to keep the network moving. I really want to encourage anyone interested in learning and developing their trade skills to apply.”

Sydney Trains apprenticeships will be available across seven disciplines - Telecommunications, Signal Fitting, Signal Electrical, Substations, Rail Traction, Plant Mechanic and High Voltage Cables, with all apprentices receiving nationally recognised trade qualifications.

“We are proud to offer an industry leading apprenticeship program, with women accounting for almost a quarter of our total apprentices,” Ms Holden said. 

“The Sydney Trains network is the largest passenger rail network in the country and there’s plenty of work to do. Apprentices will learn the skills so they can help maintain infrastructure like our overhead wires, escalators, bridges and tunnels, signaling system and the fleet.”

There are more than 200 apprentices currently working across Sydney Trains, with 60 joining the rail agency earlier this year.

Previous apprenticeship intakes have included people who have chosen a career change from jobs and professions like teaching, or returning to the workforce for the first time after parenthood.

Applications can be made through the I Work for NSW website and close on 2 August 2020.