More than 1,500 opportunities for apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets have been created through the Major Project Skills Guarantee, to help shape Victoria’s biggest projects and give young Victorians the skills they need to build their careers.

5 September 2017

Work on the Metro Tunnel underway. (Image courtesy www.premier.vic.gov.au)

Major infrastructure work in Victoria is creating jobs and modernising our public transport system. (Image courtesy www.premier.vic.gov.au)

Crews at the Metro Tunnel site in A’Beckett Street in Melbourne's CBD are digging 11 storeys below ground to construct a new underground station at CBD North. On the crew, many young Victorians are getting the experience of a lifetime and setting themselves up for long-term careers in the construction industry.

The Metro Tunnel is the largest public transport project in Victoria’s history and will create nearly 7,000 jobs for Victorians – including at least 500 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets working as part of the Tunnels and Stations package.

Jobs Victoria's Major Project Skills Guarantee has ensured that young Victorians benefit directly from this project. The project has already found jobs for 52 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets who have completed around 50,000 labour hours since September last year.

Meet some of the cadets working on Victoria's infrastructure projects:

This month, 9 News visited the site in A'Beckett Street to report on the story.

The Major Project Skills Guarantee requires contractors on projects worth more than $20 million to use local apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10 per cent of total labour hours. It has already been applied to 30 major government projects worth more than $14 billion. A further 56 projects valued at nearly $26 billion will be applying the guarantee over the next two years. Investing in these young people is an investment in Victoria's future construction industry.

Jobs Victoria recently met with some young cadets on another major project being built under the guarantee. Watch Ahmed and Tiffany's story:

Find out more about the Major Project Skills Guarantee