1,300 new construction roles in NSW thanks to the NBN

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New construction roles in NSW

As the National Broadband Network (NBN) begins to unfold around the country, its installation is benefitting more than just those who will eventually use it.

In a press release published in August, the NBN announced plans to double the current workforce tasked with the monumental job of installing the hardware around the country. This move will benefit thousands of workers, with approximately 1,300 new jobs set for New South Wales.

The National Broadband Network in a nutshell

The National Broadband Network is very much what it sounds like. It’s the new and improved service for phone and Internet around Australia that will replace the old copper wires with a web of fibre, fixed wireless, and satellite connections.

The rollout has really only just begun, and the company plans to have the network available to 9 million homes and businesses by 2018. Benefits are said to cover everything from faster Internet speeds to more reliability, greater ease of use for more people, and greater access.  

Businesses are expected to be able to compete on the world stage with the levels of service available, and people everywhere should see an improvement in personal use. Naturally, all of this is taking some serious manpower to launch.

New construction roles for NSW workers

There are already some 4,500 workers on the job around Australia, and in a recent announcement from the NBN, that figure is set to double in an effort to speed up the process.

“To bring high speed broadband to Australians faster, our delivery partners will need a bigger pool of trained, skilled workers,” explained the CEO of the NBN, Bill Morrow.

Putting its money where its mouth is, the NBN is expected to invest an additional $40 million into attracting and training workers to the industry to make the 2018 goal a reality.

Of these extra construction roles, as many as 1,300 are expected to go to workers in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The NBN is looking for anyone with skills as telco copper cable jointers, telco and electrical linesworkers, technicians and cablers.

That said, the company is not just looking for experienced workers. Both school leavers and construction workers from other specialities will be welcome to train up and upskill, with the NBN highlighting that many jobs will be available at the end of the project for maintenance throughout the future of the network.

Opportunities will be abundant for anyone with telco experience, as this massive training endeavour will require a workforce of coaches, as well.

“To those with telco experience, there are options to use your skills or become a teacher and coach for the next generation of workers,” said Mr Morrow.

He went on to explain that as the industry currently sits, there is a real skills shortage for the jobs that will need to be completed for the rollout of the NBN.

“If I look over the next two or three years, we have a shortage of about 4,000 people and I don’t know where we’re going to get them.”

If nothing else, this may present a fantastic opportunity for labourers and those looking to get into the construction industry in Australia.