Kalgoorlie is set to become Western Australia’s regional training hub for Australia’s largest rail freight company Aurizon, with new investment and leading-edge technology being rolled out for the next generation of WA rail recruits.

Aurizon already has over 500 employees in Western Australia with operations spanning the south and south-west including Leonora, Kalgoorlie, West Merriden, Geraldton, Perth, Kwinana, Picton/ Collie, Bunbury and Albany. The Aurizon Bulk business serves customers across WA’s resources and industrials sectors including BHP Nickel West, Alcoa, South 32, Karara Mining, Mt Gibson, Orica, BP, Caltex, and Lynas.

As it looks to strengthen and grow its WA customer base, Aurizon will be using Kalgoorlie to produce a pipeline of highly-skilled train drivers and freight operators.

At the launch in Kalgoorlie today, Aurizon hosted a range of key players from the state’s resources and business sectors, including the WA School of Mining, Kalgoorlie Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Aurizon today piloted the next-generation Virtual Reality technology with an enthusiastic team of new recruits and Kalgoorlie employees in the remodelled training facility. The VR technology is being rolled out nationally in training schools for Aurizon employees.

The full media release is available from Aurizon’s website.