Forging Rails: Driving better trade practices with one of New Zealand's Largest employers.

KiwiRail's collaboration with Trade Train NZ reflects its dedication to fostering excellence in welding practices, ensuring the integrity and reliability of New Zealand's rail network for generations to come.
Client Stories - KiwiRail

Client story

Client

KiwiRail

Primary Goal

To equip its employees with the expertise and resources needed to uphold the highest standards of safety, quality, and efficiency in welding operations across the organization's rail network.

About

KiwiRail, a state-owned enterprise, operates a diverse range of businesses encompassing rail freight, ferry operations, property management, and tourism services. At its core, KiwiRail manages public transport services for councils, known as its “Above Rail” function, while also overseeing the maintenance and management of the national rail network infrastructure, constituting its “Below Rail” function. This network, crucial for New Zealand’s transportation landscape, is fully funded through the National Land Transport Fund, with additional support from the Crown and track-user charges.

With a workforce of 4500 individuals, KiwiRail maintains a significant national presence, serving communities across New Zealand and catering to various companies and stakeholders. The company takes pride in its services, which facilitate the movement of people and goods while showcasing the country’s stunning scenery. Annually, KiwiRail accommodates over a million passengers and enables more than 20 million low-carbon commuter journeys, underscoring its commitment to sustainable travel.

As a cornerstone of New Zealand’s transportation history, KiwiRail continues to shape its future by fostering connections between communities and efficiently transporting export goods. With a legacy spanning over 150 years, KiwiRail remains dedicated to serving the nation and highlighting its natural beauty to the world. The ongoing recapitalization efforts aim to rejuvenate KiwiRail’s commercial assets, paving the way for increased self-sufficiency starting from the fiscal year 2024/25.

Client

KiwiRail

Primary Goal

To equip its employees with the expertise and resources needed to uphold the highest standards of safety, quality, and efficiency in welding operations across the organization's rail network.

Course reviews

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Key takeaways

  • Enhanced Welding Skills: Participants acquired advanced welding skills, including techniques, safety protocols, and best practices.
  • Industry Compliance: The training emphasised compliance with industry standards and regulations, ensuring that welders adhere to safety and quality guidelines.
  • Quality Assurance: Participants learnt how to maintain high standards of welding quality to ensure the integrity and durability of rail infrastructure.
  • Efficiency Improvement: The training focused on improving welding efficiency to enhance productivity and reduce downtime during maintenance and repair operations.
  • Skill Standardisation: KiwiRail aims to standardise welding skills across its workforce, ensuring consistency and reliability in welding practices across different projects and locations.
  • Continuous Improvement: The training has encouraged a culture of continuous improvement, urging participants to seek ongoing learning opportunities and refine their welding techniques over time.
  • Safety Culture: Emphasizing safety in welding operations is crucial, and the training highlighted the importance of maintaining a safety-focused culture to prevent accidents and injuries.

 

Overall, the collaboration between KiwiRail and Trade Train NZ likely aimed to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to KiwiRail’s maintenance and repair activities while upholding the highest standards of quality and safety in welding operations.

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