October – Apprentices & Trainees to work on East West Link
Premier Denis Naphtine’s encouraging words as written in The Age on 7th October:
“”At least 150 apprentices and trainees will work on the first stage of the East West Link, Premier Denis Napthine has announced.
Dr Napthine said the inclusion of apprentices and trainees was “a huge boon to young people across Victoria”.
While the majority of the project’s 3700 jobs would be local, the Premier said some workers who had “specific expertise” on tunnel boring machines may need to come from overseas. This would require 457 visas.
“We expect we will get most, if not all of the skills through local content and that’s certainly the objective of the government.”
He told reporters on Tuesday that the inclusion of apprentices and trainees was part of the East West Connect’s contractural obligations.
“These apprentices and trainees will be given first hand on-the-job experience to develop their skills in the building and construction trade.”
Treasurer Michael O’Brien said the “unprecedented” number of apprentices and trainees including carpenters, electricians, fitters and mechanics. He said they would build their careers based on the training and skills they received on the project…””