Big Build Apprenticeships will address two key planks of Victoria's economic recovery – providing employment and training opportunities for more apprentices and trainees and ensuring a pipeline of skilled workers to deliver the Government's Big Build program.
Big Build Apprenticeships will ensure that the record level of investment in infrastructure through the Government's Big Build program will deliver a skills legacy for our state.
The program will provide up to 1,500 opportunities for apprentices and trainees each year, ensuring that apprentices and trainees can kickstart their careers on some of Victoria's biggest and most iconic projects.
This transformative new approach will prioritise apprentices and trainees that have been hardest hit by the global pandemic including those who have had their training suspended or cancelled, as well as women, young people and those from multicultural communities.
Through this approach, apprentices and trainees will be well supported on and off the job and people who do not typically consider a career in the trades will be encouraged and supported to take up these roles.
The program will initially link apprentices and trainees onto the North East Link and the New Footscray Hospital projects, with an expansion onto other major projects over time.
Big Build Apprenticeships is a partnership between the Victorian Government, major project employers and the training system. TAFEs will be the preferred training provider for apprentices and trainees engaged through this initiative.
The Victorian Government will establish a new dedicated body to promote and connect apprentices and trainees with Group Training Organisations to manage their employment.
This new body will start to operate from March 2021, with more details to be announced early next year.
For school leavers and others looking to retrain on Victoria's major projects and get the training they need for the job they want, a registration page will be launched in early December for people to register their interests.