Education and skills

As the organisation delivering WestConnex, Sydney Motorway Corporation is driving initiatives and opportunities that build skills, provide employment opportunities and encourage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

WestConnex Training Academy

By employing and training local residents we will leave a lasting legacy of a highly-skilled workforce with on-the-job training. We will also deliver future economic benefits for the state and job prospects for individuals. 

As outlined in our WestConnex Sustainability Strategy, WestConnex will deliver 500 apprenticeships/traineeships during the life of the project. This meets half of the overall NSW Government commitment to create 1000 apprenticeship or traineeship positions from major infrastructure projects.

To help achieve this outcome, our principal contractors for the M4 East and New M5 projects, have established the WestConnex Training Academy at Homebush.

They have partnered with Western Sydney TAFE and other registered training organisations to deliver skills training, apprenticeships and traineeships at the dedicated training facility.

Pre-employment programs

WestConnex Training Academy sources candidates through several organisations that work with long-term unemployed people and those from disadvantaged communities.

The Joint-Venture Contractors meet potential candidates and select participants for the pre-employment program.

These candidates enter a three to four-week course aimed at preparing them for the workforce and more intensive training opportunities. We aim to obtain employment for 70 per cent of the people who complete the program.

Traineeships and apprenticeships

As part of this program, Joint-Venture Contractors select potential employees and provide them with training opportunities to meet their needs and our workforce requirements.

WestConnex Training Academy focuses on strong participation by:

  • Job seekers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Women
  • Young people and school leavers
  • People from western Sydney
  • People with a disability.

Apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities include:

  • Traditional trades: electricians, mechanics, carpenters, boilermakers and plumbers
  • Cert II: Civil Traineeships
  • Cert III and Cert IV: Business Administration
  • Cert IV: Leadership and Management
  • Cert IV: Occupational Health and Safety.

Transition to tunnelling

In addition to offering new opportunities to the long-term unemployed, WestConnex Training Academy is providing training in tunnelling to people who have transferrable skills from other industries, like the natural resources sector.

This will allow people with experience from other sectors, like mining and heavy industry, to join our workforces. With other major tunnelling projects taking place across Sydney, this program provides future tunnelling workers.

For more information about working on WestConnex, visit our Job opportunities