New skills for light rail workers

Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek has congratulated 20 Gold Coast light rail workers for completing vocational qualifications in rail infrastructure.

Minister Langbroek visited the Paradise Waters construction site to inspect progress and present certificates to the first 20 graduates of GoldLinQ’s construction partner McConnell Dowell’s up-skilling initiative.

“It is wonderful to see a project of this scale employing local workers and providing opportunities for those workers to gain qualifications that will serve them into the future,” Mr Langbroek said.

“The Gold Coast light rail project is the perfect place to nurture much-needed skills for Queensland’s rail industry.

“Industry-led training initiatives like this are an important part of the Newman Government’s plan to grow a strong four pillar economy and reduce the state’s unemployment.

“The next 12 months will be a critical time for the light rail project and skilled workers will be needed to get the job done quickly, safely and with minimal disruption to the local community.”

Gold Coast light rail project director Simon Bradbury said another 39 workers were undertaking civil construction traineeships.

“More than 80,000 hours have been invested in training so far, utilising two dedicated training facilities and a full-time trainer,” Mr Bradbury said.

“We have taken steps to make sure our work sites have a culture of skills recognition and career-long learning.

“We are working with the Transport and Logistics and Industry Skills Council, Rail Skills Australasia and Construction Skills Queensland to ensure that qualifications are recognised and transferrable.”

GoldLinQ CEO Phil Mumford said 90 per cent of the goods and services for the project had been sourced locally.

“Local businesses have already benefited from more than $70 million worth of business and there will be more to come,” Mr Mumford said.

Stage One of the Gold Coast light rail is a $1 billion project, jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments and Gold Coast City Council.