Future Infrastructure Projects To Train Thousands More Apprentices
Thousands of tradie apprenticeships will be created, with the NSW Government to ensure 20 per cent of trade roles on all future construction projects will be filled by apprentices. The measure creates positions for at least 4000 apprentices over the next four years. With the record $80 billion in infrastructure projects over the next four years, the NSW Government is in a unique position to support young people in acquiring the skills they need for the jobs of the future. We want to make sure the next generation of workers at school or in tertiary education have the skills and opportunities to build great careers and this is why we are announcing 20 per cent of tradies on major construction projects will go to apprentices. This has already been trialled on five major projects, including Sydney Metro, WestConnex and the Wentworth to Broken Hill Water Pipeline, and has been successful in teaching more young workers new skills. Now, we are applying it to all major construction projects. Expanding the trial to all future major construction projects would fill skills shortages and create lasting opportunities for a generation of workers. The Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program will guarantee thousands of young apprentices start work on Government projects, leaving behind more than bricks and mortar. The construction industry alone will require an additional 300,000 people over the next decade, and the single biggest threat to our infrastructure spending program is not having the workforce to deliver it. Since 2011, half a million jobs have been created in NSW, driven by the NSW Liberals & Nationals record investment in infrastructure.