With the expected growth in rail in the coming 10-20 years after many many years of on non investment, the industry cannot rely on young twenty somethings chancing across the industry and choosing a rail career, this maybe ok for the moment but not sustainable for the future. Aurizon, Asciano, UGL, ARTC should be making themselves known at career expos now to cater for the projected growth (I'm nor sure if they currently do) to make young people aware that there are very worthwhile careers in rail from drivers, technicians, mechanics, engineers to the corporate side of rail businesses and career pathways from entry level positions to those in management.Fortunately then, the industry is attracting people from all ages. It has done so for 150 years, and will continue to do so for another 150 years.Some figures
*RailCorp attracts on average 15,000 applications per round for drivers aged 18-63
*Rural PN attracts 500+ aged 18-65 per round (Talking about remote, rural depots here, in the metrop, the figure is easily in the thousands)
There is more then ample demand, for present and short/long term recruitment requirements. Given a lot of the work is also seasonal, I think you will also find that atm, there is a glut of work. The mining boom for drivers is falling back, the need for drivers in the Bulk sector is winding back. Both will provide enough qualified drivers into the pool to see the company's through to the next big grain season.
I can see in the next 2, 3 years the number of trainee positions being offered will be near zero as the people retiring will be offset by surplus bodies from the mining and bulk sectors. It is already started now.
EDIT: Many many years of non investment? I think you will find at most it has been a decade, and in the very short time (3 years) numbers have been built up to meet requirements very easily. Projected growth is well catered for.
Why waste money on career expos, people are pushing down the walls to get a job.