Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad has today announced that recruitment for Queensland Rail train drivers would be opened to all job seekers next month.
Ms Trad said opening up recruitment to all applicants was the final step in securing 200 trainee drivers and delivering a surplus of drivers for the future.
“Queensland Rail has been focused on recruiting trainees with prior rail experience, to speed up training and get more drivers onto the network sooner, which is the key to increasing future service levels,” Ms Trad said.
“Targeting internal employees and former Queensland Rail drivers in the first stage of recruitment has resulted in shorter training timeframes.
“There are more drivers training on the Queensland Rail network than ever before and several other initiatives have fast-tracked the process, such as the appointment of more than 80 experienced drivers in mentor roles, to provide extra on-track training support.
“The appointment of mentors has provided greater capacity for on-track training and has freed up driver trainers, who provide initial classroom training of new trainees.
“With these training improvements, Queensland Rail is now ready to open up recruitment to all job seekers in the external market next month.
“Queensland Rail has already recruited more than 100 of the 200 available trainee driver positions, with driver schools at capacity for the remainder of 2017.
“Opening applications to the wider public means new and exciting employment opportunities for Queenslanders.
“It will bolster the current supply of drivers and ensure a steady stream of high quality recruits, which will eventually allow us to increase services to the timetable.”
Today, Ms Trad also released the Citytrain Response Unit’s quarterly report on Queensland Rail’s Fixing the trains progress.
“We have made tangible progress and Queensland Rail have been drastically reducing cancellations by 70% and transforming how we deliver rail services for Queensland,” Ms Trad said.
“Customers will see this around the network – with more reliable services, improved stations and more focus on the customer.
“My primary focus has been and will remain on ensuring Queenslanders have access to reliable rail services.”