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Apprentice boost for Western Sydney

Published 26th October, 2016 in Business and Economy, Infrastructure

Long-term unemployed and workers from disadvantaged communities can obtain formal qualifications through the WestConnex Training Academy. 

Aerial view of motorway

A purpose-built WestConnex Training Academy will deliver 500 apprenticeships/traineeships to workers, in partnership with providers such as TAFE NSW.

The WestConnex Training Academy targets western Sydney residents:

  • who are long-term unemployed
  • who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • who are women
  • with disability.

Apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities include:

  • traditional trades (e.g. electricians, mechanics, carpenters, boilermakers and plumbers)
  • civil traineeships
  • business administration
  • leadership and management
  • workplace health and safety
  • tunnelling.

At least 70 per cent of the people who complete apprenticeships or traineeships are expected to obtain employment.

Already 15 TAFE NSW pre-employment program graduates have been offered work on the WestConnex M4 East twin tunnels. These graduates will continue their training and skills development at the Academy while getting hands on experience on the projects.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said initiatives like this one provide a fresh start for many people, giving them an opportunity to secure a job and learn new qualifications.

“The infrastructure boom is about much more than new roads, rail, hospitals and schools – it’s creating new job opportunities right across NSW,” Mr Baird said.

Published 26th October, 2016 in Business and Economy, Infrastructure
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