Record infrastructure spend to train tomorrow’s tradies

6 September 2016

Premier, NSW Minister for Skills and NSW Minister for Transport with Sydney Metro apprentices

Minister for Skills John Barilaro, NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Andrew Constance launch the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program.

Minister for Skills John Barilaro joined NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Andrew Constance at Sydney Metro Rouse Hill station work site for the launch of the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program (ISLP).

The ISLP will capitalise on the NSW Government’s record $73 billion infrastructure investment to boost the number of skilled construction workers and create fresh employment pathways for a more diverse trade workforce of tomorrow.

Following industry consultation the ISLP has set in place ambitious and achievable training and employment targets for major NSW infrastructure projects, which will offer a lasting legacy of skilling and job opportunities.

Two demonstration projects – Sydney Metro and Lismore Base Hospital Stage 3B redevelopment – have been selected for initial application of the ISLP targets.

The unique characteristics of the two projects will allow for practical assessment and refinement of the targets before potentially applying them to future major infrastructure projects across NSW.

What are the ISLP targets?

The targets will focus on creating opportunities for young people, for women in non-traditional construction roles, indigenous education and participation, and ensuring workers from local regions receive employment and skill development opportunities.

The targets include:

  • 20% of the total labour force of a project to be made up of ‘learning workers’ (defined as trainees and workers who need to update their qualifications to meet the needs of the infrastructure project)
  • 20% of all trades positions on a project to be made up of apprentices
  • Double the number of women in trade-related work (up from the NSW average of 1% to 2%)
  • 1.5% of the total contract value of a project to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation
  • 8% of the total project workforce aged less than 25 years
  • Strategies to ensure projects employ and train people from the local region

Civil construction projects due to their specific nature offer a specialised set of skills training opportunities, and will therefore have a target of 10% of their total labour cost applied to apprentices and learning workers combined.

Want to know about NSW Government training and employment initiatives?

Training Services NSW offers a range of programs to support employers and their apprentices and trainees including:

  • Providing funding under Smart and Skilled package for various training opportunities, including fee-free scholarships
  • Regional Vocational Education and Training (VET) Pathways to support 15 to 19 year olds
  • Regional Training and Employment Strategy (RTES) supporting rural and regional NSW
  • The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People providing mentoring for Aboriginal apprentices and trainees
  • Continuing Apprentices Placement Services (CAPS) providing a free job matching service

To learn more about these programs visit the Training Services NSW website.