Apprentices, trainees and cadets are taking the state's first vertical government school in South Melbourne to new heights, building the award-winning $44 million project.

22 June 2017

The five-storey prep to year 6 primary school will accommodate up to 525 students when it opens early next year. The new South Melbourne Primary School was recently awarded the Future Project of the Year at the 2016 World Architecture Festival Awards in Berlin for its sustainable and energy efficient design.

Victoria's young apprentices build South Melbourne's new vertical government school.

Member for Albert Park Martin Foley meets with apprentices and trainees at the school site this month.

This project has created around 75 construction jobs – including up to 37 opportunities for apprentices, trainees and cadets through the Major Projects Skills Guarantee

The Major Project Skills Guarantee requires contractors on major infrastructure projects to ensure apprentices, trainees and cadets are responsible for at least 10 per cent of total labour hours. The policy has already been applied to 20 major government projects, creating more than 1,300 employment opportunities for young workers.

Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley recently met young workers employed on the $44 million project. Mr. Foley said, "This is the first vertical government school in Victoria and [the project is] also opening up opportunities for young workers to get skills and training in the construction industry."  

Victoria's massive infrastructure pipeline is creating more than 50,000 jobs, with about 5,000 construction jobs to be created through school infrastructure alone. 

The next wave of industry policy reforms forming the Victorian Jobs Partnership are being developed now. The Partnership will give Victorian workers the full benefits of our economy, and ensure we continue to buy local, build local and protect local jobs.

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