Regional apprentices build stronger communities

A record number of new apprentices and trainees are being hired to work on vital road and transport infrastructure, helping to keep jobs and money in the regions.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said applications were now open for a record 76 placements as part of the Transport for NSW Apprentice and Trainee Program.

“As we roll out our record $71.5 billion transport regional infrastructure program, we’re committed to engaging locals to continue learning in their local community and set them up for work at the end of their training, helping keep jobs in the regions,” Mr Toole said.

“Since the program launched in 2015, nearly 90 per cent of roles have gone to those living in regional areas, helping communities bounce back from drought, bushfires, flooding and the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This program provides great employment opportunities for job seekers or people who are looking to change careers, while at the same time developing skills and knowledge within regional communities to support future infrastructure needs.

“Many apprentices and trainees go on to secure permanent employment at Transport for NSW, with 80 per cent of participants whose programs ended in 2020 and 2021 appointed to roles after or during their program.”

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said Transport was committed to developing a diverse workforce, with women accounting for 40 per cent and Aboriginal people accounting for 24 per cent of apprentices and trainees.

“This program is about giving people the chance to work in the public service, as well as improving Aboriginal and female representation across the transport sector,” Mr Constance said.

“The program opens up opportunities across six disciplines, including civil construction, business administration, bridge carpentry, heavy diesel mechanical, electrical, and a new program for project management.

“I’ve seen first-hand how this program has changed lives by building a skills legacy to meet future needs within the local community.

“As we continue to invest in road and infrastructure projects, it is important we have people on the ground who have the skills in maintenance and operational delivery.”

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