Women urged to get on track and drive

Greenacre mum Sonia Hussein says its the flexibility of train driving that she loves the most.

Story appeared in: Torch | March 6th, 2017

JUST six per cent of women are behind the controls of Sydney's passenger trains, and a lowly 14 per cent are working as guards, prompting a move to bolster their numbers.
Sydney Trains is encouraging women to consider a career as a train driver or guard.
Greenacre mum Sonia Hussein says its the flexibility of train driving that she loves the most.
"The shift work allows me to do my job, but it also gives me plenty of time to be able to pick my children up from school and daycare," Mrs Hussein said.
"I'm still able to be a mum and be at home to spend time with my family in the evenings."
Mrs Hussein, 39, has been with Sydney Trains for 17 years, starting off in customer service, before becoming a train driver 14 years ago.
"A work friend saw an advert calling for drivers and guards, and suggested we give it a go, so I did, and I haven't looked back."
Mrs Hussein said people were surprised to learn that women were able to drive trains. "It's definitely a job that anyone can do regardless of whether you're a man or a woman. Women are naturally good drivers because we tend to concentrate better and driving a train is no different," she said.
NSW Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, says the days of shovelling coal on steam trains is long gone, and driving today is for everyone.
"As a driver or a guard, you get to see Sydney from a whole new perspective, interact with our customers daily as well as a chance to pursue further opportunities within Sydney Trains," he said.
Applications for drivers close on Sunday, March 12, while guards open on March 10 and close March 26. Applicants can apply online by visiting iworkfor.nsw.gov.au or seek.com.au.

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