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More apprentices, cadets and construction workers are kickstarting their careers with hands-on training on the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation, where construction is forging ahead.

From carpentry and demolition and electrical to flooring, fire services and project management, more than 11,000 new jobs are being created during construction on Australia’s biggest cultural infrastructure project.

This city-shaping project is giving Victorians the training they need to kick-start a rewarding career in construction, with 30 cadets and apprentices across the project so far, and contractors already exceeding their required apprentice hours.

“It’s fantastic to see we are supporting local apprentices, trainees and cadets to build on their skills and gain valuable work experience on such a significant project as the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation,” said Development Victoria CEO Angela Skandarajah.

Development Victoria spoke to cadets and apprentices working across the project. For ODM Electrical Apprentice Zoe Makris, working on the NGV International upgrades has provided her with invaluable experience, allowing her to develop her career as an electrician.

“I feel really empowered as a woman to have the opportunity to complete my apprenticeship in electrotechnology. Throughout my experience working on such a significant project, I have felt supported and challenged, which has allowed me to develop my skills in the trade. I strongly encourage other women to consider a career in trade,” she said. 

Lendlease’s Undergraduate Engineer Gabrielle Dempsey has been working on the Arts Centre Melbourne upgrades for the last year.

“It is such a privilege to acquire valuable professional experience and develop on-the-job skills while working on Australia’s biggest cultural infrastructure project. This opportunity not only enhances my skills and knowledge but also compliments my formal education, bridging the gap between theory and practical application,” she said.

Harry Hazell joined Delta Group as a cadet on the deconstruction of 77 Southbank Boulevard, making way for the new The Fox: NGV Contemporary.

A testament to the invaluable learnings of a cadetship, Harry has now graduated Delta’s program and been offered a fulltime position.

“Working for Delta on this project, I am part of a team of highly skilled professionals within the construction industry committed to making a difference. I am building my career in an enjoyable working environment, surrounded by good people.”

Under Development Victoria’s management, all contractors on the project must commit to supporting local apprentices, trainees and cadets to upskill our next generation of skilled workers. Development Victoria is ensuring that Victorians starting their career have more opportunities to receive on-the-job training under the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First policy and Major Projects Skills Guarantee.

The Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation will deliver Australia’s largest contemporary art and design gallery, The Fox: NGV Contemporary, significant upgrades to Arts Centre Melbourne’s Theatres Building, and a new 18,000 square metre, art-filled urban garden.

Development Victoria is delivering the project on behalf of the Victorian Government in partnership with Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation, Arts Centre Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria and Creative Victoria. 

Updated on 03 May 2024