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Record investment creates opportunities for apprentices to upskill

The NSW Government’s record $10.8 billion investment to deliver the largest health capital works program in Australia is creating enormous demand for jobs and more opportunities for apprentices to get their first job, a new job or a better job. 

More than 200,000 enrolments have been recorded under JobTrainer, a joint State and Federal funded program, which is injecting $637 million into the NSW skills and training market.  

JobTrainer has also supported more than 5,000 women into construction-related courses through the Built for Women initiative. 

At the $50 million redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital’s new multi-storey car park, ADCO Constructions apprentice Charlotte  says she has attained new skills to progress her career in the construction industry. 

“I really enjoy working in construction because it’s rewarding to finish a task and see your hard work pay off in the long term,” she said. “I like working with my hands and because you’re moving all day, you can stay fit and healthy. 

“While working on the redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital car park, I’ve learnt how to use power tools safely, have upskilling in my work, health and safety requirements and I can now read and understand site plans and specifications. Some of the work I’ve done on the project include maintaining access and egress assisting with hold down bolt installation and process, as well as laying down geo-web, installing hand rails and more.  

“As someone who lives in Western Sydney, working on a site that’s close to home means I save money on transport to and from work, and I can show my family and friends what I have been working on.”  

Liverpool Hospital’s new car park is due for completion in the coming months. Following its completion, the car park’s façade – the largest scale artwork commissioned by NSW Health – will be installed. 

Find out more about Liverpool Hospital's new mulit-storey car park here  

Read about the NSW Government's $20 million commitment to increase number of women working in the construction industry here

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