Inland Rail is set to hold a workshop in late May that will help regional businesses around Albury, Wagga Wagga and Parkes learn how to manage working on major projects. 

The Inland Rail Skills Academy, in partnership with Deborah Wilson Consulting Services, have facilitated the five-part series of ‘Pathways to Opportunities’ workshops over the past year. The program helps regional businesses understand how to engage with buyers, prepare compliant tender submissions and manage contracts for work on major projects, such as Inland Rail.

Since July 2023, more than 95 businesses, including 15 First Nations businesses, have participated in four rounds of workshops in Albury, Wagga Wagga, Parkes and Forbes. Local businesses have benefited from learning what major project buyers want from suppliers and how to improve their skills and capabilities to be a competitive supplier.

The workshops also included presentations from major buyers in the region, including Inland Rail Albury to Parkes prime contractor Martinus, local government and project proponents within the mining, recycling, and energy industries.

The fifth and final session is a half day ‘Meet the Buyer’ workshop, providing a rare opportunity for suppliers to gain a better understanding of buyer expectations, identify potential opportunities and network directly with major project buyers in the region.

Featured image: Inland Rail Supplier Capability Workshop in Wagga Wagga. Image credit: Inland Rail.

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