A Capital Metro local industry policy released today will pave the way for local businesses and local workers to take advantage of the 3,500 jobs that will be created during construction of the project.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the policy demonstrates the intent of the government to use the momentum of the Capital Metro project to support local industry.
“We already know that Capital Metro will support around 3,500 jobs during construction and this policy sets a direction for a number of potential activities aimed at supporting local business involvement in the project,’’ Mr Corbell said.
“Importantly, the policy demonstrates that industry bodies will be engaged to help develop a full local industry participation plan that will set a clear path towards identifying and pursuing the best local industry participation opportunities.
“A specific focus in this policy is investigating opportunities that will assist vulnerable groups in connecting with work opportunities on the project. Capital Metro will work closely across government and with education providers to optimise work opportunities for these groups.”
Under the local industry policy the government will consult with local business and industry groups to put in place a plan that will help maximise local involvement by:
· Matching local industry skills with those required for the project.
· Identifying gaps that can be managed through forward education planning.
· Identifying opportunities for specific workforce groups.
· Outlining specific plans to maximise participation from high priority groups.
“It’s worth noting that the Capital Metro project will support more than just technical rail jobs. A large component of the work required will be in civil construction trades and this area will be a specific focus for local industry participation activities,” Mr Corbell said.
The ACT government committed more than $20 million in this year’s budget to take the Capital Metro project to investment ready stage. This funding commitment demonstrates the government’s commitment to delivering a project that supports economic growth, jobs and a more sustainable future for Canberra.