Workers in Western Sydney have received a boost, with Western Sydney Airport and TAFE NSW teaming up to deliver a new, on-site, TAFE NSW Skills Exchange.
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Executive Director, Adam Leto, said the program would provide Airport construction site workers with the opportunity to further develop their skills while on the job, and also help ensure the current and future needs of industry could be met.
“The Dialogue has been a strong advocate of the TAFE Skills Exchange model, as a way of equipping, and upskilling, students and workers, having seen first-hand its success across a number of significant projects in Sydney,” Mr Leto said.
“Given the infrastructure boom that is helping fuel our region’s growth, our view is that this program should be mandatory across all major projects in Greater Western Sydney.
“It is not appropriate to celebrate the ‘boom town’ that Western Sydney has become while some local communities still suffer record high youth unemployment and this type of innovative skills legacy program will help to drive engagement.”
“The Dialogue congratulates the Western Sydney Airport and TAFE for this initiative, which is being delivered through the Western Sydney City Deal and is another positive step towards securing a more flexible and dynamic workforce of the future.”
Currently, more than half of the Airport’s workers come from Western Sydney, with the Skills Exchange expected to equip workers with skills in areas including earthmoving, civil construction, safety and traffic control.
The programs offered by the Skills Exchange will adapt as the project moves from earthworks into future phases, including construction of the 3.7-kilometre runway, taxiways, passenger terminal and on-airport business park.
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