About HRD

HRD Integrated Services – integrating technology, systems & people

About HRD
HRD: competency development, training and assessment

HRD Integrated Services is Victoria’s premier provider of consulting services, professional development, training and assessment programs for rail signalling, rail infrastructure and organisations that deliver services to rail.

Specialised training

We can develop and deliver customised, non-accredited courses for a range of enterprise applications in rail infrastructure, including high voltage and electrical awareness; low voltage rescue, pole-top rescue and working at heights; and training for ARA competency matrices.

General programs

HRD’s accredited training and assessment programs also include construction induction, first aid and frontline management.

Training and assessment philosophy

HRD courses are developed with the customer in mind. Training is comprehensive; trainers are technically competent, skilled and experienced. HRD doesn’t cut corners: assessment processes are rigorous and thorough; safety and risk management are priorities.

Services at a glance

1 Nationally recognised training and assessment

Nationally Recognised Training is available in electrical and mechanical rail signalling, rail infrastructure (track work), HV switching

2 Competency-based training and assessment

First aid and low voltage rescue, construction induction, pole-top rescue and confined spaces training for industry generally or with a rail flavour

3 Customised training and assessment solutions

Enterprise-specific responses to rail signalling and infrastructure equipment and competency matrix knowledge and skill needs

4 Specialist training for signalling and infrastructure staff

Responsive training in specialised rail signalling fields

5 Training and assessment resource development

Customised learner resources for rail

The HRD Training and Administration team

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Phil Nankervis

Director, HRD Integrated Services and rail signalling and rail HV specialist

Phil Nankervis established HRD Integrated Services in July 2005 with a vision of providing rail training and consulting services to industry.

After working as a rail signal maintainer in Australia and overseas, Phil spent three years with the Victorian Public Transport Corporation delivering rail signalling training to apprentices.

Phil also has local and international experience managing rail signalling training projects in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and in Singapore; and electronic security systems training projects across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the United States,.

Phil supports the rail signalling sector by volunteering his time toward improving signalling training infrastructure at the Rail Academy-Newport and by contributing his expertise to maintaining rail signalling qualifications.

HRD Trainer-assessor

John Towler

Rail signalling training and resource development specialist

John is one of HRD’s most experienced rail signalling training delivery and design team members. For breadth of experience and knowledge of rail signalling, signalling equipment and processes and technical training, John is without peer.

Prior to joining HRD in 2011 John forged a 30+ year career in rail signalling in technical, maintenance, management and training roles.

Beginning as an apprentice with the then Victorian Railways, John progressed through maintenance and supervisory roles and subsequently into training roles with the Victorian Public Transport Corporation.

After a brief stint as Manager of Quality, OH&S and Environmental systems for United Group, also working with two Australian signalling system manufacturers,  John joined V/Line as Signalling Competency Manager. This latter role brought John into contact with Phil Nankervis and, ultimately, a position with HRD.

The rail industry nationally now benefits from John’s wealth of knowledge and experience. He has delivered HRD rail signalling training to enterprises as diverse as the WA Public Transport Authority to ARTC in NSW.

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Trainer and Assessor

Hans is a very talented member of the HRD team. His attention to the detail, the standards and the technology is what students enjoy. 

Prior to joining HRD Hans developed his signalling skills with Mainco as a Signal Maintenance Technician, and a short stay with V/Line in their signal fault centre.

The rail industry nationally now benefits from Hans’ vast knowledge and experience. He has delivered HRD rail signalling training to enterprises as diverse as the BHP in WA to ARTC in SA.

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Training Manager

A strong background in education and training along with employment in management roles gives Darryl experience across a range of disciplines.

Versatile and knowledgeable, he has 35+ years in teaching, training and educational administration. Darryl’s experience spans agriculture, mining and forestry, and includes time with a National Skills Council and in educational publishing.

Darryl brings a wealth of VET knowledge and experience to his role with HRD. In addition to managing routine day-to-day RTO operations, his role also includes maintaining compliance systems and contributing to the organisational  profile of HRD.

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Erin Dober

Project Administration Assistant

A key behind-the-scenes administrator, Erin contributes to HRD successfully meeting all facets of client need and that we make each participant’s learning and assessment experience responsive and well-supported.

Planning, project and administrative support, and client communication demand a cool head, attention to detail and sound problem solving skills. Erin’s project support role is vital to the seamless interaction between HRD trainers, RTO operations and administration, and the learners and industry clients who are our core business.