The Victorian Government has launched the North East Link Skills and Jobs Centre to help fill the vacancies created by building Melbourne’s biggest road infrastructure project – the North East Link.
The centre officially opened in Watsonia and will be the centre to connect locals to 10,000 jobs that will be made available through the construction of the North East Link project.
Job seekers are invited to explore the opportunities at the centre, which will also support the industry by connecting them with workers to develop and expand infrastructure projects.
Victorian Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said the centre will be a big boost for locals seeking employment within the industry.
“This is a one-stop-shop for skills and jobs, allowing local people to drop-in and explore great opportunities on Victoria’s biggest infrastructure projects,” Tierney said.
The North-East Link project is being supported by the Build Apprenticeships program which will provide 1,500 opportunities to Victorian apprentices and trainees each year for four years.
Early works on North East Link have already provided job opportunities to 64 apprentices, trainees and cadets who have worked more than 70,000 hours.
The North East Link will include an upgrade to the Eastern Freeway, Melbourne’s first dedicated busway as well as more than 25km of new walking and cycling paths.
Current works are continuing to move almost 100 power, gas, sewerage and communication services to make way for the construction.
The Skills and Jobs Centre has been launched in partnership with Apprenticeships Victoria, which helps to deliver apprenticeships for potential applicants.
When completed, the North East Link will cut travel time between the city’s north and east by up to 35 minutes and take 15,000 trucks off local roads in the north-eastern suburbs every day.