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.

Training initiatives underway or starting soon

  • Railway signalling systems program
  • Safety advisors program
  • Overhead linesmen program
  • Communications advisor program
  • Rail supervisors program
  • Track protection program

Railway Signalling Engineer Cadet 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 Engineering 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 Signalling Engineer Cadet Program 2020

Applications for the Rail Signalling Engineer Cadet Program 2020 will open in August 2020 through careers.vic.gov.au, and other employment websites.


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.
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