The 7,000 jobs created by the biggest public transport project in Victorian history include recruitment of 500 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets working as part of the tunnels and stations package.
Early works on the project are well underway, with major construction on the tunnel and stations expected to start next year.
Premier Daniel Andrews said: “The Metro Tunnel is the biggest ever public transport project ever built in Victoria, and it will need a record number of Victorian workers and businesses to get the job done,” said Andrews.
Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson added: “The Metro Tunnel will give hundreds of young Victorians and people re-skilling a start in their new career, giving them the skills and experience they need.”
More than 88% of the materials used to build the new tunnels and underground stations will be sourced locally, including 93% local steel.
Andrews added that 65% of the project will be delivered by small and medium-sized businesses.
A new precasting factory will be established in Melbourne’s west; this is seen as providing opportunities for people including ex-automotive workers from Ballarat and Geelong. The factory will produce the thousands of precast concrete segments needed to line the project’s twin 9km tunnels.
The project will be completed by 2026.