I am a fully qualified and experienced Locomotive Engineer ( 9 years as Train Driver in Freight Service with Canadian Pacific Railway) who migrated from Canada two years ago and nobody will even hire me in Australia for even the most basic jobs ( shunter, or Second Person for example). Pretty demoralised about the whole thing. I have applied for numerous jobs in QLD and Vic, but without success.
I love this Country, and am a Permanent Resident, but I have discovered that the Rail Operating Companies don't give a toss about your experience, safety record, or qualifications, and seem to want to hire blokes who are really good at gaming ( Psychomotor and Psychometric Tests)?????
My Catch 22 is this: I can't get the Cert IV without being employed by a Rail Operator, and at the same time I can't get hired by a Rail Operator without the Cert IV.
Anyway, I am pretty sure there are a few folks on this forum, who may have some insight into this state of affairs, and may even have some advice or assistance to help a poor old Hoghead find work in rail again.
Cheers and thanks for any help you may be able to provide.