Building a workforce to build a bridge

Our New Bridgewater Bridge 'Pre-employment Program' is in full swing with the second group of graduates completing the course recently.

The program, developed by us, funded by Keystone Tasmania and delivered in partnership between TasTAFE and Lifeline, targets people new to the construction industry. The week-long course delivered at TasTAFE’s Clarence campus includes units from the Certificate II in Civil Construction, as well as information about health and safety and a life skills session.

We've focused on socially and economically disadvantaged Tasmanians including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, recently arrived immigrants, long-term unemployed and those looking for a career change.

A project the size and scale of the New Bridgewater Bridge presents many challenges in terms of workforce capacity, skills, training and employment. Attracting and training new people like this not only helps the project but will also increase the long-term skills and capacity of Tasmania's construction industry.

Many of the graduates will be employed in the project’s purpose-built pre-cast concrete production facility in Bridgewater, where the 1,000 concrete segments needed to build the bridge will be produced.

Overall we'll be running four intakes of the program. 

Pre employment Program 2