The Craigslea State High School student is one of 12 from across South East Queensland who are part of the third intake of students studying a Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure (TLI21315) at TAFE Queensland to get a head start on pursuing a career in the railways.
Torben said he had a keen interest in the hands-on work the course offered.
“So far I’ve enjoyed the practical side of the course the most,” he said.
“Taking apart a turnout, which allows a train to change from one track to another, and putting it back together, as well as thermite welding was very interesting.”
Torben said he had big plans once he graduated the course.
“At this stage I think I would like to work as a track worker and then hopefully move up to become a train driver,” he said.
TAFE Queensland - SkillsTech Rail Teacher Mick Scott said Torben and his classmates have been learning the ins and outs of the rail industry.
“Through the course, students gain skills in operating mechanical equipment, installing railway sleepers and learning how to undertake track ballasting.”
As the certificate is competency based, the simulated rail environment provides students with real-world experience that will be very beneficial when applying for their first jobs.
The skills learned in the course should hold students like Torben in good stead. A new Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure (TLI32515) traineeship has also been approved in Queensland this year, giving students the opportunity to learn on-the-job through a traineeship while completing further training with TAFE Queensland.
TAFE Queensland - SkillsTech General Manager John Tucker said as opportunities within the Queensland rail sector continued to grow, they were pleased to be able to offer high school students a real-world pathway to a successful rail career.
“These qualifications will support major rail projects across Queensland,” he said.
“This is an extremely exciting time for TAFE Queensland, and we are proud to be able to support young Queenslanders into jobs of the future.”
The current cohort of students are due to graduate in October this year.