Metro Tunnel’s Jobs Hub Drives Employment Opportunities

Thousands of Victorian jobs seekers can train and upskill as part of the state’s biggest-ever public transport project thanks to the launch of MetroHub – a one-stop-shop for jobs and training.

Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today visited the centre on St Kilda Road, near the future Anzac Station, which is providing construction jobs and training for Metro Tunnel’s $6 billion Tunnels and Stations package.

MetroHub is a partnership between Cross Yarra Partnership and Holmesglen Institute, based at the TAFE’s Southbank campus. It has an emphasis on opportunities for priority job seekers through partners like Holmesglen’s Skills and Jobs Centre, Whitelion, CareerSeekers and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

People seeking a job on the project will be able to drop into MetroHub and register their interest or express their interest online via Seek.

Tradies, crane operators and tunnel boring machine crews will all be needed to build the urgently needed Metro Tunnel, which will create nearly 7,000 jobs, including positions for almost 800 apprentices, trainees and cadets.

The Tunnels and Stations package will create 5,000 of those jobs, including providing a start for 500 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets, who will study and train at MetroHub in programs designed for young people looking for a career in construction.

The Metro Tunnel will achieve the Andrews Labor Government’s Major Project Skills Guarantee, which requires at least 10 per cent of work hours to be undertaken by apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets.

Cross Yarra Partnership – a consortium led by Lendlease, John Holland and Bouygues Construction – will support training of thousands of workers over the next seven years. The MetroHub will help young Victorians enter the workforce and kick-start their careers in the construction and rail industry.

The Metro Tunnel will transform Melbourne’s rail network with hi-tech signalling, bigger and longer High Capacity Metro Trains and turn-up-and-go services.

For more information on Metro Tunnel jobs, visit metrotunnel.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll

“The Metro Tunnel Project is the biggest public transport project ever undertaken in Victoria. Not only will it transform our rail network, it will also offer job and training opportunities for thousands of Victorians.”

“MetroHub is an example of industry and education working together to link the right candidates to the right jobs, by opening up career pathways, construction industry training and workforce development opportunities.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“This project is a clear example of why it’s so important we keep investing in TAFE – we want to make sure Victorians have access to the training they need for the jobs we’re creating.”