Giving young Victorians a fresh start on Victorian rail projects

Posted: 5th Feb

Disadvantaged young people are seizing new opportunities to work on Victoria’s massive pipeline of major transport projects.

The Heron Mentoring Project on the Skye/Overton Road level crossing removal is the brainchild of the site’s general superintendent Jim Heron, giving young Victorians the chance to get the skills they need to get a job in the construction industry – setting them up for success.

The 10-week program forms part of the students’ Certificate II in Building and Construction with Try Build, a social enterprise helping young people facing barriers to education and employment learn building and construction skills.

Meanwhile, in Melbourne’s west, a three-year partnership with YMCA ReBuild will maintain the Rail Academy in Newport – Melbourne’s premium rail training facility.

YMCA Rebuild employs and mentors disadvantaged young people. Through the Partnership, it’s supervisors will work one-on-one with young trainees to maintain the buildings and grounds, to ensure they are in a safe and suitable condition for the students and teachers who use the Rail Academy.

This will include maintaining the gardens and fences around the buildings, carpentry repairs, adjustments or painting where required.

Crews will also fit-out a new classroom in the rail academy’s High Voltage Substation room, which will provide an improved training space for students to learn how to maintain Melbourne’s train network.

The Victorian Government’s Major Projects Skills Guarantee requires contractors on public projects valued at more than $20 million to use apprentices, trainees or cadets for at least 10 per cent of a project’s total labour hours.


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