Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has welcomed the announcement from NSW Premier Mike Baird that at least 1,000 apprentices will be employed to help the NSW Government deliver its record $60 billion infrastructure program – many of them in Penrith.
“The NSW Government is transforming NSW through the delivery of a massive infrastructure program right across the state, including projects here in Penrith,” Stuart Ayres said.
“The NSW Government has announced that under the procurement process for major infrastructure projects, minimum requirements will be set for apprenticeships on a project-by-project basis and bidders will be required to spell out how they will leave a lasting skills dividend for local communities.
“Bidders will be assessed on a range of criteria, including the number of apprenticeships they are prepared to create during construction and through the partnerships they forge with local TAFE and other tertiary institutions.
“These actions will create at least 1,000 new apprenticeship positions across the state during the delivery of our infrastructure program.
“That is great news for young people in Penrith who will be employed on infrastructure projects in our region.”
“Half of our transport infrastructure spending occurs in Western Sydney, which is home to the nation’s largest road project, WestConnex.
“Western Sydney will also be transformed by the delivery of new roads for a second Sydney airport.
“The delivery of these once-in-a-generation infrastructure projects creates the opportunity for another vitally important legacy – new jobs and new skills for young people in Penrith.
“Working on our infrastructure projects will give young apprentices in Penrith an opportunity to learn key new skills, and will leave the entire state with a lasting legacy of a highly skilled workforce.
“The NSW Government will work with infrastructure contractors, registered training organisations and other stakeholders to facilitate the employment and training of apprentices.
NSW Premier Mike Baird said: “The NSW Government’s infrastructure program will benefit apprentices everywhere – but especially in Western Sydney, which is the infrastructure engine-room of the state.
“This is our state, this is our infrastructure and it will be built by our young people,” Mr Baird said.