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Inland Rail offers pathways to opportunities

Inland Rail opportunities

Businesses in Southern New South Wales can learn what it takes to supply to major projects and regional supply chains at Inland Rail’s new ‘Pathway to Opportunities’ capability building program, launching in July.

Inland Rail projects spanning from Albury to Parkes present fantastic opportunities for local and First Nations businesses and social enterprises to get involved.

In preparation for the opportunities on offer, the ARTC Inland Rail Skills Academy has teamed up with Deborah Wilson Consulting Services to facilitate a ‘Pathway to Opportunities’ Supplier Capability Development Program for businesses in Southern NSW.

The program, which will run over a nine-month period, will help regional businesses understand how to engage with buyers, prepare compliant tender submissions, and manage contracts for work on major projects and within regional supply chains.

The program will be delivered across five workshops with one-on-one mentoring support available in between. Participants will be required to sign up for the full program duration. Workshops will be delivered in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Forbes/Parkes, commencing in July 2023.

For eligibility details and to register interest, visit: inlandrail.artc.com.au/supplier-capability-development-program-registration-of-interest.

Inland Rail supply chain manager Jason Manttan said while Inland Rail was expecting to generate direct and indirect supply and job opportunities during construction, it was also working to prepare communities for other project opportunities by helping to upskill local and First Nations businesses and social enterprises.

“Local businesses are crucial to the delivery of Inland Rail and to their communities. Supporting them to build their capability will not only help them embark on new endeavours, but it will help drive positive change and boost employment along the alignment,” he said.

“With Inland Rail already delivering business uplift and jobs confidence in communities along the rail corridor, capability building support such as this will help ensure Inland Rail’s positive impacts extend beyond the construction period for the project.”