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Mernda’s a first in skills

09 Jul 2018

The Mernda team has absolutely smashed their Major Projects Skills Guarantee (MPSG) target, with more than 63,000 hours of work delivered by apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets.

This beats the target of 52,500 hours – and is well ahead of project completion.

The Victorian Government's MPSG provides opportunities for Victorian apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets to work on some of Victoria's biggest building and infrastructure projects.

Under the guarantee, all publicly funded works contracts valued at or over $20 million are now required to use Victorian apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10 per cent of the total estimated labour hours.

On the Mernda project, these hours have been worked by 107 engineering cadets, trainees and apprentices who have played a huge part in helping to bring the new rail line to life.

The project also took a unique approach to achieving the MPSG target with the introduction of the Mernda Rail Extension Project Info + Jobs Hub, an Australian industry-first initiative which has supported people seeking employment on the project and the construction industry.

Further, in what was a key part of managing significant change to industry procurement practices, project subcontractors also came on board and adopted the target into their work packages.

Mernda Rail Extension Project Industry Capability and Inclusion Manager Greg Rafferty said the Mernda team worked together to achieve a real cultural change within the construction industry.

“We can be proud of our efforts in creating social change and contributing to a powerful legacy of skill and capacity uplift within the industry,” he said.

“This really demonstrates what is possible when we put our hearts and minds into it.”

Bradley Giddins, Director of Industry Capability and Inclusion at LXRA, is proud to be part of the team delivering billions of dollars of work across Melbourne.

“Ensuring we have apprentices, trainees and cadets employed on our projects is so important. This is just one way LXRA is helping prepare the workforce for the unprecedented amount of work in the pipeline over the next 10 years and beyond.”

“We’re really helping to set up careers and skillsets by getting the workforce ready for the future.”

Mernda team celebrating industry achievement with cake

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