LIVING CITY project proves a training boon for apprentice tradespeople

Published on 21 June 2018

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Stage 1 of Devonport’s LIVING CITY project has proved a boon for the next generation of local tradespeople with about 60 apprentices having worked on the project over the last two years.

At peaks times of the project there have been up to 30 apprentices involved on site and a similar number off-site, working in local production and prefabrication facilities.

Apprentices make up about 20% of the total labour requirements for delivery of the project.

This has included not only builders and joiners but also glaziers, tilers, plasterers, painters, plumbers, electricians and gas fitters to name some of the sub-trades engaged.

Acting Mayor Ald. Annette Rockliff said Council’s investment in the project not only extended to bricks and mortar construction but also in training the next generation of tradespeople.

``The skills and expertise these young men and women have learnt on this project will hold them in good stead in the future and ensure that not only the city, but the entire North-West Coast region, has a highly-skilled workforce to tackle future development projects,’’ she said.

``These young tradespeople will become the leaders within their industries in the future and it has been great that this project has given many of them a start in their chosen careers.’’

Fairbrother Project Director Darryn Smith said it had been wonderful to the construction phase of Stage 1 provide opportunities for so many local young people.

``Projects like LIVING CITY are a catalyst for jobs growth and are a key driver behind our decision to commence as many apprentices as we have.''

``It just goes to show that the positive impact from a project like LIVING CITY reaches much further than dollars and cents for the community. It creates futures for our young people,'' he said.

``We are experiencing project opportunities similar to LIVING CITY across the state that has enabled us to increase our intake this year to 27 new apprentices, giving us a total of 116 apprentices across the Fairbrother group.''

Ald. Rockliff said the LIVING CITY Master Plan was a 10-year blueprint which aimed to transform Devonport through the creation of new retail, business/service and waterfront precincts focused on highlighting the region’s tourism, arts, food and services.

``LIVING CITY is one of the largest urban renewal projects ever undertaken in regional Tasmania with significant economic and social benefits for the region,’’ she said.

``Most importantly it is creating jobs, both directly during the construction phase and also indirectly by encouraging new businesses which will provide increased career options for our young people.’’

Media Contact:

Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer Devonport City Council

03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |ntapp@devonport.tas.gov.au