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Ongoing professional development is important for all Downer employees to ensure that our people and their skills grow with the business. Our focus on development is designed to ensure that we deliver maximum value to our customers and the services we provide. Some of the learning and development initiatives we offer include inductions, Zero Harm and compliance, project management, leadership and mentoring programs. We also offer accredited and non-accredited programs that help individuals and our organisation plan and drive personal and professional growth. Downer has a number of RTO’s (Registered Training Organisations) across the business which enable employees to gain recognised qualifications.


Rail training

Downer's Rail business is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and is able to deliver nationally recognised training and issue recognised qualifications. This means that the training:

  • is nationally recognised by RTOs and businesses;
  • is part of a Training Package that has been developed to meet the needs of a particular industry; and
  • contributes to gaining a qualification that is part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Downer's award winning Talent Development Program

Downer has been awarded the 2015 award for best Talent Development Program in Australia, for its Project Plus and LEaD courses.

This award is the culmination of three years hard work by Downer’s Learning & Development team, working in conjunction with the Project Management Office, HR and Operations, to build the company’s project management workforce.


Downer’s learning programs equip our project practitioners with the critical skills and knowledge to deliver successful project results for Downer and our customers. The programs have been customised using Downer specific case studies which provide the practical skills for delivering profitable projects in our complex and fast changing environment.

Pictured (left to right): Members of Downer’s L&D team - Rosemary Livermore, Learning and Design Specialist Bernadette Cavanagh, General Manager, Capability and Change and Candice Mesecke, Learning Design Specialist.