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Wagga Wagga and Albury businesses get workforce ready with Inland Rail

Local businesses have learned what it takes to get their workforce ready to cash in on future opportunities in the Inland Rail supply chain at two free events hosted by the Inland Rail Skills Academy.

Over 50 attendees from businesses in Wagga Wagga, Albury and surrounds took part in the two events, including structural engineers, steel fabrication businesses, truck and vehicle maintenance providers, labour hire services, and First Nations businesses.

Held at the Wagga RSL and Albury Commercial Club, attendees received an update on Inland Rail’s Albury to Illabo project, an explanation of potential supply chain opportunities for their companies, a snapshot of the local labour market and information about support available to grow their workforce to take on apprentices and trainees.

Attendees were able to build professional connections and network with employment service providers, local schools, federal and state agencies, Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers, Regional Development Australia, Workforce Australia, and other related organisations.

Stephen Jones, Inland Rail Director of Health, Safety and Environment, said these workforce development events help deliver real and lasting opportunities for regional communities.

“During construction, Inland Rail will be bustling with jobs and economic activity. We’re also working to prepare communities for other project opportunities by helping to upskill local and First Nations businesses,” he said.

“Our workforce development events are just part of Inland Rail’s commitment to communities where Australia’s largest freight project is being built and operated.”

Faye D’Helin, Employment Facilitator – Goulburn Murray, Workforce Australia Local Jobs, explained the importance of the events to the local communities.

“The Inland Rail project is providing upskilling, training and employment opportunities to local individuals while expanding the workforce of local businesses,” she said.

“We are excited to collaborate with Inland Rail’s Albury to Illabo project and provide support to local businesses and individuals.”