NBN to train 4,500 people to reach rollout target

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NBN to train 4,500 people to reach rollout target

NBN has announced an ambitious training program to help meet its target of connecting 8 million premises by 2020.

NBN thinks it needs to double its construction workforce from 4,500 to 9,000 in order to connect 8 million homes and businesses over the next five years or so, and has committed $40 million to training and awareness campaigns.

Occupations required include telco copper cable jointers, telco linesworkers, cablers, telco technicians and electrical linesworkers.

The plan includes training and reskilling programs to attract school leavers and those leaving other construction-related jobs (to be implemented by TAFEs and Registered Training Organisations in every major rollout region around Australia), flexible options to attract those later in their careers who don't want to work full time, and coaching and training roles for those with relevant skills to pass on to the next generation of workers.

The company also proposes to maintain a national skills register to record workers' accreditations.

The envisaged geographical spread of the additional jobs is 1300 in NSW/ACT, 850 in Queensland, 850 in WA, 800 in Victoria, 400 in SA/NT, and 200 in Tasmania.

"To those thinking about what course or career to pursue, our partners are developing options that will include training and real job opportunities on the NBN network over the long term," said NBN CEO Bill Morrow.

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