Women Moving Australia Case Studies
Name: Vicky Kent
What is your job title?
Supervisor, Training Logistics
Which company/organisation do you work for?
Job description (in 25 words or less!):
The role of Supervisor Training Logistics works with business units across Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Rail and Corporate divisions to ensure compliance to the training framework and Document Control System. The team assists with the integration of new technology into the delivery of training and workplace documents and are active in developing training that engages adult needs and learning principles.
What studies have you undertaken?
Bachelor of Psychology and Management, Cert IV Training and Assessment and Cert IV Rail Operations (Train Driver).
Tell us about your experience in the transport & logistics industry.
My experience started in rail industry 16 years ago as a Revenue Protection Officer for the Western Australian Government Railways, which operated railway services in Western Australia between October 1890 and June 2003.
This role required safeworking and legislative training and exposed me to many interesting people, places and situations. It was the entry point for me into the industry and I worked hard to progress to the role of Special Constable, which provided me many great memories working with a highly effective team. It was while I was working as a “Railway Dog” that I learnt that the recruitment for Train Drivers was being extended to include women for the first time, so I jumped at the opportunity and feel blessed to have been a successful applicant for the role.
The opportunity to become a Train Driver opened up many exciting opportunities as I was promoted to the role of Driver Coordinator, putting me in the position of writing and delivering training to Train Drivers, Customer Service Officers, Emergency Service Personnel, Train Controllers and EDI Bombardier Maintenance teams. Some highlights over those six and a half years include opening a new train depot at Nowergup, introducing and training the new class B Series Railcars onto the Perth network, developing a yard training package for Nowergup Depot and developing and delivering a training package that introduced a safeworking system to assist with line closures while the Mandurah line was built.
I also delivered training on the new Mandurah Line and worked with movie director Jeremy Simms on the Last Train to Fremantle movie to determine how we could use safeworking rules and principles to maximise his filming opportunities over a three night shoot.
After 11 years, I decided it was time for a change and started a new adventure working fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) for Rio Tinto on the largest privately owned rail network in Australia. As an innovator and leader in the rail industry, working for Rio Tinto has allowed me to engage new simulator technologies to improve the learning experience and provide practical hands on opportunities for learners to engage with their learning journey.
Recently, I have been involved in engaging technologies that allow operational staff easier accessibility to workplace procedures and documents, assisting with developing and delivering training for AutoHaul®, the world’s first fully-autonomous heavy haul, long distance railway system and a key part of Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future™ programme. I also support training in electronic train graphing and revised operating rules.
Which other industries have you worked in?
What is the best career advice you have received?
‘Don’t put off till tomorrow, what you can do today’. In other words, when possible deal with something when it first comes into your inbox or to your attention if you can and minimise a growing ‘to do list’.
Best advice to give:
Be kind to everyone you meet, you don’t know the life they have lived or the day they are having.
It’s a bad day when:
There has been no laughter or joy.
It’s a good day when:
The team can engage the fun and creativity that allows for efficiency and effectiveness in the way we work.
What direction do you see yourself heading in the future?
I am happy with where I am at the moment being a member of a dynamic team dealing with future technologies and innovations in the way we work and delivering information and training. My ultimate goal is to take the knowledge and skills I have been lucky to have learnt throughout my career and run free development seminars for young women, open a school and provide VET training in Cambodia.
Who are your role models?
My Mum, she is an amazing woman who taught me to follow my dreams and that anything is possible, she was the first woman to go out on a live sea rescue with the Haverigg Inshore Rescue team and was an active member of the crew for many years. Mum attained her black belt in Karate at the age of 58 and was an inspiration in the club. She walked the 1000 km Bibbulumum track end to end in 56 days and for her 70th Birthday walked the Camino Pilgram Trail walking across Spain.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, what do you do?
Meditation. The world is what you make it and each of us have opportunities presented to us every day to see the good and appreciate what we have.
Sunrise or sunset?
Both, I aim to start and end my day appreciating beauty.
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