135 ways we’re investing in the skilled workforce of the future

The NSW Government has announced it will hire a record number of new apprentices and trainees to work on vital road and transport infrastructure in regional New South Wales.

Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said applications are now open for new apprentices and trainees across our region.

“This is a great opportunity to train up locals and develop the next generation of skilled workers out in the regions,” Mr Saunders said.

“I encourage anyone interested in developing their skills or seeking a new career path working on road and transport infrastructure to look into this program.

“It is fantastic that the NSW Government is continuing to provide these employment opportunities in regional NSW to support the significant amount of construction, upgrades and maintenance required across the regional transport network.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the Transport for NSW Apprenticeship and Trainee Program will provide more career opportunities and encourage more people to work in the regions.

“By investing in our people now, we will attract and develop the next generation of skilled workers to keep NSW moving well into our future,” Mr Farraway said.

“Applications are now open for 135 placements – an 80 per cent increase on last year – with last year’s intake made up of 46 per cent women and 24 per cent of Aboriginal people, and we’re eager to attract more.

“We are very proud of this program – while we continue to build and maintain vital infrastructure for customers, it’s critical that we build a skills legacy to meet future needs.”

Opportunities will be available across 10 disciplines including civil construction, bridge construction, painting and blasting, electrical, heavy diesel mechanic, business administration, project management and three news programs in marketing and communications, finance and safety, environment and quality.

Currently 76 per cent of apprentices and trainees go on to secure permanent employment at Transport for NSW. Applications close midnight 7 August. For more information: https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/apprentice-trainees

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