Local Industry Participation

Through the delivery of this project there exists an opportunity to create local jobs during construction and operation, and build new capabilities and skills that will enable Canberra region businesses to participate in the global supply chain for future light rail and infrastructure work.

Canberra's light rail construction and operation will generate up to 500 local jobs through direct employment and subcontractor arrangements.

This will be a brand new industry and job opportunities will emerge in  Canberra through the construction and operation of light rail – diversifying Canberra's economy further.

Constructing light rail is a direct opportunity to develop new skills within the Canberra's workforce as well as create new employment and learning opportunities for young Australians. The Canberra Metro consortium has committed to hiring a minimum of 60 apprentices and trainees during delivery of the project, and during the operations phase 10 per cent of the workforce with be apprentices and trainees.

There will also be a 10 per cent diversity and equity representation across the project, and 20 civil, mechanical and electrical engineers studying through UNSW and Australian Defense Force Academy will spend up to eight weeks working on the light rail construction.  

Light rail construction is also an opportunity for local businesses to supply services and stock – from coffee and breakfast for construction crews through to wires, signature art pieces, landscaping services, hoarding boards, site sheds, and other equipment.


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