Cross River Rail Project To Generate 450 New Apprenticeships

Cross River Rail Project To Generate 450 New Apprenticeships

Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad

Cross River Rail Will Deliver 450 Jobs For Young Queenslanders

Victor P Taffa

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad today announced the Cross River Rail Project would generate 450 new apprenticeships and traineeships for young Queenslanders during the construction life of the $5.4 Billion project.

Deputy Premier Trad said the Palaszczuk Government was investing $733 Million in Queensland’s number one infrastructure priority in the 2018/19 State Budget.

“Cross River Rail is a once-in-a-generation project that will change Brisbane and South-East Queensland forever, enabling a turn-up-and-go public transport system and easing pressure on our road network.” Deputy Premier Trad said.

“Project will unlock the bottleneck at the heart of the rail network and today I’m proud to announce it will also unlock new career pathways for hundreds of young Queenslanders.”

“I’m thrilled that 450 young people will directly benefit from this project by securing an apprenticeship or traineeship connected to the Project’s construction.” Deputy Premier Trad said.

“That means hundreds of opportunities for aspiring builders, electricians, welders and high-tech trades like signalling, telecommunications, electrical controls and specialists in mechanical works like escalators, elevators and air conditioning.”

“Palaszczuk Government has committed to a minimum 15 % training guarantee for projects like Cross River Rail so we can keep developing the State’s skills base to build a better Queensland.”

“These opportunities will set some of these young people up for life as well as giving them the chance to work on a city-changing infrastructure project.” Deputy Premier Trad said.

Minister for Training and Skills Shannon Fentiman said this week’s State Budget delivered more than $770 Million to Queensland’s Vocational Education and Training Investment Plan for the next year.

“It’s essential that we support and deliver an inclusive VET program so Queenslanders have pathways to safe, secure employment through apprenticeships and traineeships.” Minister Fentiman said.

“We are also throwing everything we’ve got behind rebuilding TAFE with a commitment of $85 Million for 3 years to upgrade campuses across the state.”

“We know that apprentices and trainees with the right skills and training are helping to power Queensland’s economy.” Minister Fentiman said.

QLD Deputy Premier Jackie Trad









Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government had made the decision that Queenslanders have wanted their government to make for decades to preference Queensland companies for Queensland projects.

“As Queensland’s most significant project on our books, the Buy Queensland procurement policy means it will preference Queensland companies that demonstrate local, secure jobs and best practice industrial relations.” Minister de Brenni said.

“This infrastructure should leave a lasting legacy in south east Queensland not only in transport terms, but in a skilled, fairly paid workforce of tomorrow.”