Fu­ture In­fra­struc­ture Projects To Train Thou­sands More Ap­pren­tices

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Political News - For more de­tails: in­fra­struc­ture.nsw.gov.au/ex­pert-ad­vice/nsw-gov­ern­ment-con­struc­tion­lead­er­ship-group/

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.

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