31 May 2017
A dedicated Information and Jobs Hub for the Mernda Rail Extension project – built by indigenous construction company Barpa – opened today to help jobseekers from all backgrounds find meaningful employment.
The Mernda Rail Extension project is set to create around 1,200 direct jobs – including 600 during construction – and 1,800 indirect jobs in local businesses and industries supporting the project.
There will also be opportunities for at least 50 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets under the Victorian Government's Major Projects Skills Guarantee (MPSG).
Victorians with a disability, the long-term unemployed and workers transitioning from the auto industry will have access to a network of employment service providers.
The Hub offers face-to-face support, assistance with job applications and resume writing, as well as training opportunities, and will connect jobseekers to employers and suitable roles.
A number of different positions will be available, from engineering and construction to administration and catering. The Mernda project team's social procurement plan will stimulate the local economy by purchasing local goods and services from local suppliers.
Construction on the Mernda Rail Extension is now underway, with the line to open in early 2019.
The Jobs Hub is located at 323 McDonalds Road, Epping. It's open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays by appointment. You can also visit it online www.merndarailjobs.com.au or call 1800 941 181.