The Victorian Government has created close to 3,500 employment opportunities, providing valuable on-the-job training on Victoria’s biggest infrastructure projects.
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carrol toured the $110 million Chandler Highway Upgrade, which is employing young apprentices and engineering cadets, in line with the Major Projects Skills Guarantee.
The upgrade will build a new bridge across the Yarra River between Alphington and Kew and add six new traffic lanes – easing traffic congestion between Melbourne’s inner eastern, northern and southern suburbs.
“We’re reducing congestion and slashing travel times on the vital Chandler Highway, which connects Melbourne’s northern growth areas to the inner east and the CBD,” said Victorian Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan.
The guarantee reportedly requires contractors on publicly funded major works valued over $20 million to use apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10 per cent of the total labour hours.
It has already been applied to 43 major government infrastructure projects worth more than $30 billion – providing career pathways for young workers and those reskilling from other sectors – including the automotive industry.
Jobs Victoria has placed more than 2800 long-term jobseekers into jobs – about 40 jobs a week since the program started.
“Victoria is Australia’s jobs powerhouse and we’re making sure our young people share in that success,” said Mr. Carroll. “Our Major Projects Skills Guarantee is creating thousands of opportunities for young Victorians, giving them on-the-job training so they’re better prepared for work.”