Rail Academy Building Capability

Addressing skills shortages

Rail Academy is facilitating the industry to develop a skilled workforce that meets growing rail sector needs. The Rail Academy provides a structure for the rail industry to work together, to advance the industry’s growth and progress. The Rail Academy will continue to assist industry and training providers to identify current training gaps and future training needs, and work collaboratively to develop new qualifications and training products that are high quality, sustainable and that meet industry needs.

Training program development

Rail Academy is designing and developing quality training products and resources to strengthen rail capability, address specific labour skill shortages and ensure training is sustainable and cost effective.

The Rail Academy also ensures a coordinated alignment between the rail educational sectors to:

  • Manage and coordinate the development of sustainable training frameworks
  • Develop and build new modern training facilities
  • Develop high quality training products and resources, owned by the state and made available to approved training providers.

Rail Signal Engineer Cadetship Program

Rail signalling is a highly specialised and growing field in the rail industry, with many more qualified professionals needed to help contribute to the design, construction, maintenance and project management of the signal systems that regulate train movements across the network.

The Rail Signal Engineer Cadetship provides a fully paid, three-year cadetship with placements at a range of Australia’s biggest rail and construction operators. Upon completion of the program, cadets are awarded a Graduate Diploma in Railway Signalling Systems.

Rail Signal Engineer Cadetship Program

Applications for the Rail Signal Engineer Cadetship Program are now closed.


To be eligible for the program, you must be:

  • A recent electrical engineering graduate or a professional engineer with an electrical, electronic, mechatronic or computer systems degree (or similar fields) – must have graduated within the last 12 months; OR
  • Have more than five years’ work experience in a related discipline; AND
  • Be able to commit to the three-year program.

Program benefits

  • Paid three-year cadetship, with placements at rail and construction industry leaders;
  • Paid Graduate Diploma in Railway Signalling Systems qualification upon completion;
  • Construction Industry White Card, Rail Industry Worker Card, and Safely Access the Rail Corridor training completed within the first five weeks of the program;
  • Learn on real-word projects and systems;
  • Exposure to the broader rail and construction infrastructure industry through placement rotations; and
  • Ongoing support from the Level Crossing Removal Project, the agency leading the program alongside industry partners.

Visit the program page to find out more details.

Engineering Pathways Industry Cadetship (EPIC)

Applications for the Engineering Pathways Industry Cadetship (EPIC) Program are now open.

To apply, you must be registered with and lodge your application through one of the following community partners, where you will be checked for eligibility for the program:

  • Jesuit Social Services
  • Adult Migrant Employment Services (AMES)
  • Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Multicultural Consulting
  • ASRC
  • Spectrum

EPIC is an 18-month cadetship for refugee and asylum seeker engineering working on major transport infrastructure projects. Currently, 19 cadets are taking part in the program.

Led by the Level Crossing Removal Project, employers from across State Government and private industry have signed on to support these vital roles across transport infrastructure and construction.

Past employers have included:

  • Level Crossing Removal Project
  • Major Road Projects Victoria
  • North East Link Project
  • Metro Trains Melbourne
  • V/Line
  • Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
  • John Holland
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Fulton Hogan
  • CPB Contractors
  • IAG
  • McConnell Dowell
  • Decmil
  • Advisian

Cadets will receive on-the-job training, support and mentoring and will also complete a postgraduate Graduate Certificate in Infrastructure Engineering Management qualification, through Swinburne University.

The Graduate Certificate, combined with their international qualifications and the workplace experience they gain through the program, will kick-start their careers in engineering in Victoria.

The Industry-first program aims to bridge the gap faced by new Australians in matching their international qualifications to Australian workforce requirements.

The paid cadetship will provide valuable local work experience and access to industry networks –  addressing the barriers often faced by new Australians in accessing professional employment.

Fusion Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Program

The Training for the Future Program, on behalf of the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, has developed Fusion for entry to mid-level communications and engagement staff working on major infrastructure projects in Victoria.

It aims to address the key skills gaps for early career communications and stakeholder advisors by providing applicants with the essential skills and advice that they can transfer to their everyday work in communications and the public sector.

Topics that will be covered over the duration of the course include:

  • Industry Fundamentals
  • Writing skills for industry
  • Risk Management
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Resilience and Prioritisation
  • Presentation skills

ENROL NOW for Fusion Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Program

If you are a communications adviser working with one of our MTIA project office partners and looking to expand your impact in the communications profession or know someone in your team would benefit from this course, please contact

Angela Brown, Manager Industry Capability and Development

email:  angela.brown@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au