The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in major projects is creating thousands of new jobs and providing opportunities for more than 600 young workers and people re-skilling from other industries.
Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan visited Bayswater today where a nearly 40-day construction blitz has just begun to remove two dangerous and congested level crossings and rebuild Bayswater train station.
The work is part of the Level Crossing Removal Project – one of seven Labor Government projects now covered by the Major Projects Skills Guarantee (MPSG).
The MPSG mandates that at least 10 per cent of work on projects valued at more than $20 million be undertaken by apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets.
Many of these people are just starting out in their career, but others are experienced workers changing careers or re-skilling from industries like the auto-sector.
New statistics revealed today show the Guarantee has created 610 apprentice, trainee and engineering cadetship roles in Victoria.
Other projects now covered by the MPSG include:
- The $291 million New Schools Public Private Partnership Project to build 15 new schools
- The $1.6 billion Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossings Package
- The Monash Freeway Upgrade Project, part of the $5.5 billion Western Distributor Project
- The $400 million Melbourne Metro Rail Early Works preparatory works package
The MPSG will apply to a pipeline of 38 additional major projects, including the Mernda Rail Extension and the Casey Hospital Expansion Project.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan
“We’re giving young and re-skilling workers the experience and opportunities they need, while we deliver the infrastructure Victoria needs.”
“More than 600 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets are working on our major projects, and as construction starts on new projects, there’ll be more opportunities for these workers.”
“This is about putting people first and making sure our major projects create local jobs, build local skills and boost Victoria’s economy.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020