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Jobs hub to connect apprentices with Footscray Hospital project

A preferred bidder has been named to deliver the new Footscray Hospital, Victoria’s largest ever health infrastructure investment.

The Victorian Government has launched a new Jobs Hub to connect locals to the 2000 jobs available on the new Footscray Hospital project.

The hub aims to create a pipeline of skilled workers to help build the healthcare project for Melbourne’s west.

Jobseekers are invited to drop in to explore exciting opportunities in areas like construction and trades, signage and graphics, landscaping and more.

The centre will also support employers and industry by connecting them with workers and provide opportunities to develop and expand.

Victorian Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney said the newest jobs hub will make it even easier for jobseekers, industry and community to get the information they need to help build Victoria’s future.

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“We’re helping more Victorians get on-the-job training at some of our state’s most exciting infrastructure projects, like the New Footscray Hospital, and into jobs faster,” Tierney said.

The new $1.5 billion New Footscray Hospital Project is supported by the $33 million Big Build Apprenticeships program, which is providing 1500 opportunities to Victorian apprentices and trainees each year for four years.

At least 10 per cent of the construction hours on projects such as the North East Link and Warrnambool Learning and Library Hub will be completed by apprentices and trainees. Additionally, 2.5 per cent of the workforce will be Aboriginal Victorians.

The Jobs Hub combines the Footscray Connectivity Centre and Victoria University’s Skills and Jobs Centre under one roof.

Jobseekers can explore their options at the New Footscray Hospital Jobs Hub between 9am – 5pm on weekdays at 138 Nicholson Street Footscray.

“The New Footscray Hospital is the biggest health infrastructure project in Victoria’s history – and it will be a source of pride for our state and the local apprentices who helped build it,” Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said.

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