While laying track, delivering stations and powering up an electrical network, the Canberra Light Rail team is also building a great local skills legacy for their city.
Canberra Light Rail CEO Glenn Stockton said “At peak we’ve had 600+ people working on site. For me, one of the great privileges of delivering infrastructure is opening employment opportunities and expanding people’s skills– the benefits are long term for individuals, families and communities. 70% of our workforce is local to Canberra and the surrounding region and 40% of subcontracts have been awarded to local companies. We’re from 13 different backgrounds and nations and we’ve taken on apprentices, trainees, undergraduates and graduates and run an indigenous employment initiative.”
Mark Jones, Deputy Project Director has supported the indigenous jobs initiative. Originally the project partnered with Habitat Personnel, and most recently Canberra Metro has connected with Career Trackers. These networks have seen us employ nine indigenous team members so far and Casey Gough is a great example.
Casey Gough is an environmental labourer – one of nine Indigenous team members building their career with the Canberra Light Rail
When asked about her experience on the project Casey who works as an environmental labourer used three words: “Best. Job. Ever!”
Mark Jones added “We have now extended the program with the assistance of some of our contractors, by encouraging them to be involved with the project’s local industry participation plan with large success.”
Glenn summed up: “Our diverse team has become part of the Canberra community and shares a great sense of building something lasting. Our approach in every phase of the project from design to operations is to maximise the long term benefits, and play a part in making Canberra one of the world’s most liveable cities.”