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LeadWest welcomes local skills boost in high capacity train project

Mar 30, 2017


LeadWest has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement that 15 percent of the work involved in building 65 new high capacity trains for Melbourne would go to local apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.

The government expects that the project, which is being undertaken by DownerEDI in their upgraded Newport facility, will create 51 job opportunities for apprentices, 40 positions for trainees and five for cadets.

LeadWest CEO, Craig Rowley said that supporting the development of local skills was a great outcome from the project.

“Melbourne’s west already has a lot to offer when it comes to high-tech manufacturing, which is why the government has chosen DownerEDI to build these 65 new trains in Newport. It is fantastic that this project will offer locals the chance to develop the skills of the future and keep the west at the leading edge of advanced technology projects.”

 Chair of the Western Transport Alliance, Stephen Wall, said that the project was a great example of combining good transport outcomes with broader social and economic benefits.

“It’s always important that government spends its transport budget wisely so that it can continue to build the infrastructure that we need in Melbourne’s growing western suburbs. It’s great to see a local business demonstrating that it is the best placed for the job, and being able to offer so many opportunities and benefits to the local community.”

 

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