Published on 18 July 2016

The construction phase of Stage 1 of the LIVING CITY project is expected to support around 50 apprentices and trainees, in a variety of building trades.

“On projects of this scale, around 20% of the on-site workforce is typically made up of apprentices and trainees,” Darryn Smith, Fairbrother’s North West Manager said.

“With the LIVING CITY Stage 1 on-site workforce expected to reach 250 at the peak of activity, this would equate to around fifty apprentices and trainees, in a variety of trades, working on the project,” said Mr Smith.

Fairbrother has always had a strong focus on developing young people in the construction industry and helping them establish a career for themselves in their chosen trade.”

“We see our apprentices and trainees as the future of the Tasmanian construction industry. It’s important we nurture and support our young people to achieve their career goals,” Mr Smith said.

“With a priority on training, Fairbrother is committed to going above and beyond the base training requirements and for some years have undertaken initiatives such as dedicated mentoring programs and specific training days where we bring together all our apprentices from across the business,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith said up to 20 different trade disciplines would be represented on-site as work progressed.

“LIVING CITY will be the major construction project for Fairbrother on the North West Coast over the next 2 years.  The project provides a great opportunity for our entire workforce in the delivery of a large scale commercial construction project,” Mr Smith said.

Devonport Mayor, Alderman Steve Martin said, “To have up to fifty apprentices and trainees work on the construction of Stage 1 of LIVING CITY is a great outcome – and one of the key goals of LIVING CITY – jobs for our youth.”

“In reviewing the construction tenders for the project, Fairbrother’s local content and focus on local jobs and training rated highly,” Mayor Martin said.

“With construction of the LIVING CITY Master Plan expected to roll out in stages over the next decade, there is no doubt that this will be the training ground for the next generation of local tradesmen,” Mayor Martin said.

Demolition of the old Repco building and former Council premises is progressing well and expected to be completed in the coming weeks.