Workforce Development

The Australasian Rail Industry continues to invest in the training and development of its 150,000 workers, and promotes careers in rail to ensure the industry can continue to deliver on a growing pipeline of work.

More than $100 billion is being invested in rail projects around Australasia in the next decade. This much-needed investment is creating workforce challenges across the rail industry and therefore skills and workforce development are a whole-of-industry priority. The overwhelming evidence is that there is a fast-developing skills crisis in the Australasian rail industry. Shortages of skills are already apparent.

To quantify the skills shortages, better understand the barriers to addressing the skills gap, as well as identify ways to respond to meet the challenges, the ARA engaged BIS Oxford Economics to undertake a workforce capability analysis for the rail industry in 2018. The report can be viewed here.

The ARA together with its industry members, government and the training sector, is advocating for and seeks to implement a number of initiatives to support workforce development in the rail sector.

The ARA’s Rail Workforce Development Committee is responsible for undertaking activites to promote rail as an industry of choice.

Workforce Development Contact

For more information on Workforce Development activities please contact Emma Woods.