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 2021 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.
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Engineering Pathways Industry Cadetship (EPIC)

EPIC is an 18-month cadetship for qualified engineers from refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds. This industry-first program aims bridge the gap faced by new Australians in matching their international qualifications to Australia workforce requirements.

The program  removes key barriers towards getting paid employment in Australia and diversifies the talent pipeline for entry-level site engineers on major transport infrastructure projects.

Successful candidates will receive on-the-job learning, support and mentoring and will also receive an accredited Graduate Certificate in Infrastructure Engineering Management qualification through Swinburne University

13 Employers were involved in recruiting for EPIC 2019:

  • Level Crossing Removal Project
  • Major Roads Projects Victoria
  • North East Link Project
  • V/Line
  • Metro Trains Melbourne
  • Lendlease
  • CPB Contractors
  • McConnell Dowell
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Fulton Hogan
  • Infrastructure Advisory Group
  • John Holland
  • Australian Rail Track Corporation

Want to Apply? 

Applications for EPIC 2020 are now closed.

Expressions of interest are sought from refugee and asylum seekers with a Bachelor Degree in Engineering (civil or related) to participate.

Please speak to your employment services provider to register for EPIC 2021. Participating organisations are:

  • Jesuit Social Services
  • Brotherhood of St Lawrence
  • AMES Multicultural Consulting

Information sessions will be held prior to the program intake, so candidates can find out about the prerequisites and eligibility criteria.

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