NBN Co looking for trainers

NBN Co looking for trainers

Workers need to be trained in a number of areas as the company gears up for a full-scale rollout of the NBN in 2014

NBN Co is on the hunt for qualified trainers in areas ranging from network engineering to manual labour to work on the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout.

It is seeking expressions of interest from registered training organisations to train workers on NBN specific requirements.

“The company has already undertaken a comprehensive region-by-region analysis of the supply and demand for construction expertise as well as of industry-recognised training courses to ensure workers are appropriately skilled,” NBN Co said in a statement.

Training is set to take place from the second half of 2012 and NBN Co wants to ensure workers are ready for the full scale NBN rollout which will begin in 2014.

With such as broad request of skilled workers, qualifications will vary, but the company is confidence a “substantial portion” of the workforce will be found locally.

“It will provide real opportunities for local employment, not least among the 8000-9000 semi-skilled workers – some 50 per cent of the total anticipated NBN workforce – who we expect can be trained in a timeframe of less than three months,” NBN Co head of corporate services, Kevin Brown, said in a statement.

The company anticipates half the workforce will consist of labourers, earth-moving plant operators and road traffic controllers. A third will be telecommunications line workers that may require four to 24 months training along with cablers who may need two weeks to 18 months training.

NBN Co noted its recent deal with Telstra has provided some clarity on how to plan its workforces as it brings in additional resources.

Last month, Silcar was signed for NBN construction work in NSW, ACT and QLD. The deal represented 40 per cent of construction activity scheduled for the next two years.

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