New Footscray Jobs Hub connects jobseekers to construction workforce

The new Jobs Hut which will connect locals to the 2000 jobs available on the huge Footscray Hospital project. (Supplied).

By Molly Magennis

The state government has launched a new Footscray Hospital Jobs Hub that will connect people seeking employment the construction workforce.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney officially opened the new Jobs Hut which will connect locals to the 2000 jobs available at the Footscray Hospital project.

Jobseekers are invited to pop into the hub to explore new opportunities in areas such as construction and trades, signage and graphics and landscaping.The centre will also support employers and industry by connecting them with workers.

The new Footscray Hospital project, worth $1.5 billion, is supported by the state government’s $33 million Big Build Apprenticeships program, which is providing 1500 opportunities to Victorian apprentices and trainees each year for four years to help jumpstart their careers on other projects such as the new North East Link.

The Jobs Hub will be led by Apprenticeships Victoria and will combine the Footscray Connectivity Centre and Victoria University’s Skills and Jobs Centre under the one roof.

Ms Tierney says that the Job Hub will make it easier for jobseekers to get the information they need to help build the future of Victoria.

“We’re helping more Victorians get on-the-job training at some of our state’s most exciting infrastructure projects, like the New Footscray Hospital, and into jobs faster,” she said.

Minister for Health Martin Foley said: “The new Footscray Hospital is the biggest health infrastructure project in Victoria’s history – and it will be a source of pride for our state and the local apprentices who helped build it.”

The hospital is expected to open by 2025 and it will replace the existing hospital on Gordon Street. The hospital will provide 500 beds and will treat approximately 15,000 additional patients.

Jobseekers can explore their options at the New Footscray Hospital Jobs Hub between 9am – 5pm on weekdays at 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray.