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Train driver trainees with Transport Minister Ben Carroll at the Traralgon V/Line station.

Female rail trainees

Female rail trainees

Train driver trainees with Transport Minister Ben Carroll at the Traralgon V/Line station.

Female train drivers gain Traralgon line experience

V/Line’s first all-female group of trainee drivers began the second phase of their training yesterday by familiarising themselves with the Gippsland line.

Transport Minister Ben Carroll joined the group at Traralgon station and while he says quotas have not been set for women in the industry, the Government has a commitment to diversity.

"We're wanting our drivers to reflect the communities they come from, and that means all genders and all cultural backgrounds," Mr Carroll said.

"These young ladies do not come from traditional rail backgrounds. Whether it be a stay-at-home mum, an electrician or an apprentice, they all bring unique skills."

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The group of trainees completed their classroom time earlier this year.

One of them, Ashleigh McComb, said V/Line has made the industry more accessible for women.

"I've definitely felt very supported," Ashleigh said.

"We're only then weeks into this program and I've already had one of my children in hospital, and I had no dramas from anybody. I was very supported. 'Go, be with your child.'

"What more could you ask for from a workplace than for them to be 'family first'?"

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