Recruitment is underway for the new X’Trapolis 2.0 trains built in Ballarat, with more than 750 total jobs, and 150 locally, available to industry.
The Victorian Government will deliver a major boost for skilled manufacturing, procurement, testing, and factory fit-out roles for the 25 more accessible, reliable and energy efficient X’Trapolis 2.0 trains.
A minimum 60 per cent local content quota will ensure local jobs are maximised and the project will include at least five per cent trainee and apprenticeship positions.
Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison, said they expect to see major benefits across the community with this major recruitment drive – providing not only manufacturing jobs but a significant economic boost to Ballarat and the region.
The $986 million project is funded through the Victorian Budget 2021/2022 to gradually replace Melbourne’s long-serving Comeng fleet on the Craigieburn, Upfield and Frankston lines – increasing accessibility and improving journeys.
Since 2014, the State Government has invested over $7.5 billion to deliver a pipeline of hundreds of new trains, trams and buses which is supporting thousands of jobs in Victoria’s advanced rolling stock manufacturing industry.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll, said it was exciting to see the project getting underway.
“We’re proud to be building trains in Victoria, for Victoria, and this is another important project that supports advanced manufacturing in our state,” Mr Carroll said.
More information about how to get involved in the X’Trapolis 2.0 Project visit here.