The Queensland government has shown its support for Gold Coast apprenticeships, after publicly lauding an up-skilling initiative in the seaside city.
Visiting the Paradise Waters construction site last week (February 8), state education, training and employment minister John-Paul Langbroek congratulated 20 graduates who have completed vocational qualifications in rail infrastructure as part of the billion-dollar GoldLinQ project.
“It is wonderful to see a project of this scale employing local workers and providing opportunities for those workers to gain qualifications that will serve them into the future,” the minister explained.
“The Gold Coast light rail project is the perfect place to nurture much-needed skills for Queensland’s rail industry.”
Mr Langbroek said training schemes such as this will grow the state’s economy and help more Queenslanders into skilled jobs.
Another 39 workers are undertaking civil construction traineeships through the program, Gold Coast light rail project director Simon Bradbury said, equating to more than 80,000 hours of time invested in skills training so far.
The $1.2 billion GoldLinQ development comprises a 13 kilometre light rail corridor linking the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University to shopping districts at Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Southport.