METRONET Training Facility in Australia Opens

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The brand new METRONET Training Facility in Australia has officially opened in western Australia. It’s opening links with the first groups of electrical rail signaling trainees making use of the facility. Furthermore, the $5.4 million project was built to support training for jobs. More specifically, within the rail industry. In addition to meeting the diverse training needs of the Western Australia State Government’s $6 billion METRONET program. 

Impressively, the METRONET Training Facility in Australia serves as the first dedicated public facility of its kind. Moreover, the facility supports and caters to the delivery of a pipeline of workers to address skill shortages in highly technical roles. 

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Overview of METRONET Training Facility in Australia 

The project’s development included consultation with the industry. It features rail signaling workshops, as well as a maintenance track and a crossover. In addition to the dual-track level crossing and signaling equipment to enable hands-on training. From some of the big players in the Western Australia rail sector, the facility has been a beneficiary of specialized equipment through donations.

Taking it a step further, the facility aims to begin Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure through the Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) program. Well up to 15 secondary school students will benefit from the program that is set to start in April 2023. Additionally, it will create thousands of local opportunities and jobs for local businesses. 

While commenting on the project, the Western Australian Transport Minister said that the facility strives to manage the expanding future track networks. Moreover, Rita Saffioti also noted that the Government is investing billions toward new public transport infrastructure. In fact, the WA State Government boasts a record $215.8 million investment in key infrastructure projects. Its primary aim is to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure, especially that suburbs need, in an effort to reduce decongestion.