The Victorian Government has opened the new North East Link Skills and Jobs Centre in Watsonia, a “one-stop-shop” to connect locals to the 10,000 jobs on offer through the project.

Jobseekers are invited to walk-in and explore opportunities in areas like engineering and construction trades, traffic management, conservation land management and administration. 

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

Victorian Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney, said the centre was helping to  create a pipeline of skilled workers to help build Victoria’s future.

Member for Bundoora, Colin Brooks, said, “This new centre will be a point of contact for local jobseekers, employers and industry – removing barriers and creating meaningful pathways right here in Bundoora and around the state.”

The North East Link project is the biggest road project in Victoria’s history, and is supported by the $33 million Big Build Apprenticeships program. 

The Big Build Apprenticeship program will provide 1,500 opportunities to Victorian apprentices and trainees each year for four years to kickstart their careers on projects, including the new Footscray Hospital and Warrnambool Learning and Library Hub.

At least 10 per cent of the construction hours on these projects will be completed by apprentices and trainees, strengthening pathways from the classroom to the workforce. Additionally, 2.5 per cent of the workforce will be Indigenous Australians.

Early works on North East Link have already provided job opportunities to 64 apprentices, trainees and cadets who have worked more than 70,000 hours.

The Skills and Jobs Centre has been launched in partnership with Apprenticeships Victoria, which coordinates and oversees all aspects of the delivery of apprenticeships and forms a key part of the Victorian Government’s unprecedented investment in the training and skills sector.

The North East Link Skills and Jobs Centre is open from 10am – 5pm on weekdays at 17 Watsonia Rd, Watsonia.

Once the North East Link is built, it will take 15,000 trucks off local roads and cut more than an hour off a return trip from the eastern suburbs to the airport.

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  1. Ken 3 years ago

    Hi, my name is Ken Groat and I am extremely interested in gaining employment on the North East Link Project. I am a fully qualified A Grade electrician as well as an Electrical Inspector. I have worked as an electrician for 24 years and as an inspector for 8 year. With a total of 32 years in the trade, my knowledge of current electrical rules and standards and great work ethic I believe I would be an asset to the project. If you could please contact me via phone on 0439 030 871 or email on if there are any positions available that would be great.

  2. Max Hardman 2 years ago

    Interested in a job

    Background info

    1 Cameron Chisholm & Nicol Architetcs
    2 Planning Officer State Planning Authority Western Australian Government
    3 WA Heritage Committee
    4 University of Nottingham degree in Planning (Systems Planning)
    5 Greater London Council (under Stott engineering) England
    6 Japan Industrial Location Centre (North West Shelf) Japan
    9 Director Review of the Perth Metropolitan Region Statutory Plan Perth
    10 Director Meldrum Burrows Architects Melbourne
    11 Committee for Melbourne
    12 Commonwealth Secretariat London Mauritius Urban Design introduction
    13 Member of The National Capital Planning Committee (Canberra)
    14 Member of the Design Siting Committee (Appeal Tribunal Canberra)
    15 Yarra Valley Water (disposal of excess land)
    16 LDC Engineers (Engineering office)
    17 Member of Melbourne Rotary Club

    Short listed for CEO Docklands (one of four)
    Interviewed for Director of Study Mitchem to Frankston
    Grandfather’s brother Henry Bregenzer started the Instution of Engineers

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