The Andrews Labor Government’s investment in bigger and better trains continues to deliver new jobs for Melbourne’s west.

Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced 175 new positions at the Newport depot to build 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains for Melbourne over the next six years.

A mix of semi-skilled manufacturing and skilled manufacturing roles are on offer, mainly consisting of electrical, mechanical trades, boilermakers, and vehicle builders.

The Andrews Government’s big public transport projects are creating more than 1,800 jobs in the rolling stock and transport industries, with a recruitment drive underway to fill hundreds of positions across these industries.

Workers in the automotive industry are encouraged to apply, as the project provides the perfect opportunity to utilise skills learnt in the vehicle industry to transition into a career in Victoria’s rolling stock industry.

School-leavers and other young Victorians are also being urged to apply for one of 30 pre-apprenticeship positions, which are designed to potentially lead to apprenticeships on the HCMT project.

The Certificate II in engineering studies will be provided through Chisholm TAFE, which will hold information sessions in November 2017 ahead of a February 2018 course start date.

Interested Victorians are encouraged to regularly search popular jobs listing websites with search terms including: ‘High Capacity Metro Trains Project’ or ‘HCMT Project’.

Job seekers can also directly apply through Downer Careers at downercareers.com/

For more information on the pre-apprenticeship program and how to apply for a scholarship visit chisholm.edu.au/downerpa

Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan

“Earlier this month we saw the closure of Toyota, so these new jobs couldn’t come at a more important time.”

“This is the biggest train project in Victoria’s history and I am proud that locals will be building it.”

 “This is about more than just building new rolling stock; it’s about positioning Victoria as a potential future train supplier to all of Australia and the rest of the world.”