450 APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINEESHIPS COMMITTED THROUGH CROSS RIVER RAIL PROJECT
The Queensland Government has committed to 450 new apprenticeships and traineeships for young Queenslanders during the construction life of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail Project. Further, the Government was investing $733 million in the Cross River Rail project in the 2018/19 State Budget.
The Government highlighted the impact the Cross River Rail infrastructure project would have on Brisbane and South-East Queensland public transport system and road network. The project will afford opportunities for aspiring builders, electricians, welders and high-tech trades like signalling, telecommunications, electrical controls and specialists in mechanical works like escalators, elevators and air conditioning.
In addition, the Queensland Government has committed to a minimum 15 per cent training guarantee for projects including the Cross River Rail with the aim of building Queensland’s skills base. The Queensland State Budget further committed more than $770 million to Queensland’s Vocational Education and Training Investment Plan for the next year. The Government has also commitment $85 million for the next three years to upgrade TAFE campuses across the state.
The Government also highlighted the Buy Queensland procurement policy which committed to selecting Queensland companies that could demonstrate “local, secure jobs” and “best practice” industrial relations.
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