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Are you railing for a change of scenery, love watching the clock and are keen to get your career on track? Well Sydney Trains is hiring and would love to hear from more women.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced a new recruitment campaign to encourage more women to consider a career as a train driver or guard.
“The days of shoveling coal on steam trains is long gone, this is a job for everyone,” Constance says.
“We are challenging more women to seriously consider a career as one of our train drivers or as a guard.
“This is a great opportunity for those who want a career change, who are looking to get back in the workforce, or just want a new challenge doing a job that they can enjoy.
“As a driver or a guard you get to see Sydney from a whole new perspective, interact with our customers daily as well as a chance to pursue further opportunities within Sydney Trains.”
Constance says the recruitment drive aims to improve current employment levels where six per cent of Sydney Trains drivers are women and 14 per cent work as guards.
“We’ve got so much investment happening — there are career opportunities around those new train purchases and we’d like to see more women getting on board.”
Train driver Mary-Jean Savage would love to see more women as drivers and guards.One driver who would like to see more women join her is 46-year-old Mary-Jean Savage, who has been with Sydney Trains for the past 18 years.
She joined Sydney Trains as a train guard then became a driver purely by accident.
“I was going to an interview as a nurse at the RPA, but my sister gave me the wrong address,” she says. “I ended up at a Sydney Trains open day for recruiting drivers.”
Savage, a former New Zealand army paramedic deployed to the Middle East during the Gulf War says her job has given her the opportunity to meet lots of amazing people and see Sydney from a totally new perspective.
“You get the best seat, the best office views and travel all across Sydney,” she says.
“No day is ever the same, even if you are driving the same route.”
Sydney Trains is currently recruiting for more staff.Savage also loves her job’s flexibility.
“I’m able to have a career and still be there for my family. I also like the independence that comes with being a train driver.”
Savage, who is the only qualified female to teach new drivers at Sydney Trains, has backed the state government’s new recruiting campaign to get more women on-board.
“There is no reason why a woman can’t build a great career in rail,” she says.
The train driver’s job application has now closed; women can still apply for the guard job which closes on March 26. Go to iworkfor.nsw.gov.au or go to seek.com.au
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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