8 Nov 2017
This year TAFE Queensland International and TAFE Queensland SkillsTech worked in partnership to deliver a number of rail training programs to employees from the Republic of Indonesia (RI) Railway Operator PT KAI. Established in 1958, PT KAI carries over 300 million passengers across Indonesia each year and up to 30 million tonnes of cargo. The government-owned railway carrier is expanding with operations expected to double in size over the coming years. The Rail Study Program aims to give PT KAI employees access to Australian training methodologies that can be learnt and implemented within Indonesian rail practices to improve railway capacity, capability and performance. The program also enables PT KAI employees to learn more about Australian rail safety standards and common practices to facilitate development and growth within this area.
The Rail Study Program is based at the TAFE Queensland SkillsTech Acacia Ridge training centre which is home to the Queensland Rail Centre of Excellence, the only simulated rail work network of its kind in the state. Developed in partnership with Queensland Rail, the purpose-built Centre of Excellence spans across 1.5 hectares and consists of four training tracks (traction and overhead, signalling and track maintenance training), with future plans for sand pits that include boom gates, bridging structures and lay down areas.
The productive partnering arrangement has seen regular PT KAI delegations undertake intensive one-week training programs throughout 2017, with contextualised delivery to meet PT KAI departmental needs. Each delegation group consist of up to 29 employees from various specialisation areas across PT KAI. To meet their skill requirements, TAFE Queensland SkillsTech have developed specialised rail training programs that include interactive workshops, industry field visits, industry engagement and networking opportunities and case study presentations facilitated by industry specialists.
Since the pilot program in April 2017, over 150 PT KAI employees have completed the Rail Study Program with plans for the initiative to continue throughout 2018. PT KAI employees have received training across rail operations, quality and risk procedures, rail safety management and accident investigation, compliance safety audit and inspection, and rail and bridge operations.
PT KAI employees have had the opportunity to learn Australian best practices through site visits at Queensland Rail’s Bowen Hills and Mayne Yard sites, Aurizon’s Port Brisbane Coal unloading station, Queensland Bulk Handling, Curragh Mine, Kabra and Wycarbah Rail Yards, Stanwell Power Station, SCT Logistics, Pacific National and Murarrie and Petrie yards.
Feedback received from PT KAI delegations has been extremely positive, with PT KAI Director of Human Resources stating that the TAFE Queensland Rail Training Program has been one of the most successful training programs they have encountered.
For more information regarding rail training, contact TAFE Queensland SkillsTech on 1800 654 447.
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