The nbn has announced plans to embark on a recruitment and training drive to support the accelerated connection of eight million homes to the National Broadband Network (NBN) network by 2020.
Together with its delivery partners, the nbn's training investment of nearly $40 million for training and awareness campaigns aims to help attract an extra 4500 workers into the industry. This will result in a current construction workforce of 9000 – double what it currently stands at.
CEO, Bill Morrow, said to bring high speed broadband to Australians faster, its delivery partners will need a bigger pool of trained, skilled workers.
Its construction partners will be exploring flexible career options to attract late-stage career workers looking to balance their hours with lifestyle and family. In addition, he mentioned roles in coaching and training for new industry entrants will provide expertise to younger workers setting out in the industry.
The programme also aims to attract school leavers and workers rolling off other construction jobs, building a range of training and re-skilling programs with tailored career paths.
The intention is to expand the industry’s workforce to meet construction and activation requirements. Long-term opportunities will also be created as the network moves into ongoing operations and maintenance.
The occupations needed to meet the nbn's requirements also include telco copper cable jointers, telco linesworkers, cablers, telco technicians and electrical linesworkers.
“To those with telco experience, there are options to use your skills or become a teacher and coach for the next generation of workers. 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,” Morrow said.
In addition, he announced that nbn is signing agreements with a number of training organisations, comprising TAFEs and Registered Training Organisations, with providers in every major rollout region across the country.
Further, a national nbn skills register will also be established to help record worker accreditations across the network.
“Both the rapid roll out plan and the multi-technology mix means we need more people in our united partnership to connect eight million happy homes by 2020. Together we aim to bring high speed broadband to Australians to bridge the digital divide and create new opportunities for business, health, education and entertainment,” Morrow added.