Reimagining the workforce:
public transport reports

Reimagining the workforce: building smart, sustainable, safe public transport‘ was a collaborative research project between the Department of Transport, the Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, Victoria University and industry.

The project began on 1 July 2019 and was completed in April 2020.

The research provides a starting point for addressing the knowledge-gaps in the transport-industry workforce, with a specific focus on above-track rolling stock.

Its purpose was to understand the practical steps needed to address critical skills shortages currently facing the sector, and build a sustainable and resilient future workforce.

Project methods

The project provides a systemic assessment case study of the Victorian public transport rolling-stock (train, tram and bus) sector, in the broader context of the public transport system, from three angles:

  • economic perspective
  • organisational perspective
  • community perspective.

It used a case-study approach, examining specific organisations across the rolling-stock and public transport system in Victoria.

The ‘end-user–based research methodology’ used was transdisciplinary, combining end-user and academic knowledge.

Action plan

During a workshop informed by the studies’ findings, key industry stakeholders developed an industry-led interim action plan.

The plan identified three priority focus areas, and associated key tasks, for implementation over the short and long term:

  1. Develop a clear image of the public transport sector to appeal to young people.
  2. Optimise local content, and maximise social and economic benefits.
  3. Develop a ten-year strategic plan for training to support workforce development and workforce profiles for Victoria.
Rail engineering work underway in Victoria

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