Infrastructure Skills Centres

The NSW Infrastructure Skills Centre has been designed through a collaborative partnership to facilitate Sydney Metro's skills and jobs objectives, supporting the delivery of vital infrastructure programs for Sydney's future.

Highly effective skills gap solutions work when they are industry-led and co-designed by Australia's largest VET and skills training provider, TAFE NSW.

With an unprecedented $73 billion in infrastructure investment committed over the next four years by the NSW Government to deliver the rail, roads, schools and hospitals this State needs, NSW is experiencing a once- in-a-generation infrastructure and jobs boom.

In addition, the Federal Government is spending $6 billion over the next ten years to construct Sydney's second airport at Badgerys Creek.

A key long-term objective for both governments is to ensure the benefit of record infrastructure spending is more than just bricks and mortar, it's also about creating new job opportunities for people across NSW.

In response, TAFE NSW, Australia's largest VET and skills training provider, has joined forces with major industry partner and Australia's largest public transport project, Sydney Metro, to develop and implement responsive, flexible and innovative solutions to address critical infrastructure skills gaps.

The NSW Infrastructure Skills Centre – Australia's first one-stop infrastructure-focused skills and jobs centre

A landmark enterprise delivered by TAFE NSW and the Commonwealth Department of Employment, the NSW Infrastructure Skills Centre (NSW ISC) is a Sydney Metro initiative.

The state-of-the-art NSW Infrastructure Skills Centre, located at the existing TAFE NSW Annandale facility, is readily accessible by public transport and close to the heart of Sydney's CBD.

Designed in collaboration between Sydney Metro, TAFE NSW and the Commonwealth Department of Employment, the NSW ISC is an innovative industry-led approach to address identified gaps in infrastructure skills training and apprentice and trainee mentoring, as well as providing direct access to jobs.

In short, it will be Australia's first one-stop infrastructure-focused skills centre with integrated employment services on site.

Many of Sydney Metro's and its contract partners' workforces will undertake accredited pre-commencement training at the NSW ISC, as the initial primary users of the facility.

It is anticipated the NSW ISC will address skills and jobs requirements across other major infrastructure programs such as the Western Sydney Airport and large construction projects such as Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, WestConnex, NortHConnex Parramatta Square and the Western Sydney Stadium.

The delivery of the Sydney Metro Workforce Development programs is part of a demonstration pilot with the NSW Department of Industry's Infrastructure Legacy Program. The NSW Infrastructure Skills Centre will support new industry entrants, existing workforces, apprentices and local communities well into the future.

TAFE NSW delivered network of specialised infrastructure training facilities

The NSW ISC at Annandale is one of the three TAFE NSW specialised campuses delivering infrastructure- focused training. The others are located in Western Sydney at Nirimba and the Macarthur Building Industry Skills Centre in Ingleburn.

The workforce upskilling and societal benefits of the training are considerable and include:

  • Consistent, quality and flexible training for existing workers, trainees and apprentices to complete their training on the job, near their work or near their home
  • Preparing people from socially disadvantaged and under-represented groups for jobs in infrastructure, construction and related industries
  • Contemporary and enhanced educational and employment service offerings in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Access to leading edge resources, equipment and technology, such as virtual reality and simulation
  • Preparing workers to operate safely in challenging environments
  • Boosting apprenticeships
  • A wide range of new job opportunities
  • Create a skilled workforce of the future.

With more than 60 courses workers can learn and earn on the job.

TAFE NSW trained and qualified workers can get jobs today and build long-term careers for the future.

Courses available at the NSW ISC's across Annandale, Nirimba and Ingleburn include:

  • Pre-Employment and Job-Readiness Programs
  • Sydney Metro Industry Curriculum
  • Work Health and Safety Programs
  • Technical, Leadership and Management Training Programs
  • Apprentice and Traineeship Support
  • Aboriginal Job Pathways and Mentoring Program

Examples of courses:

Sydney Metro Industry Curriculum Including

  • Demolition
  • Civil Construction
  • Tunnel and Surface Excavation
  • Safety and leadership

High Risk License Preparation (SafeWork NSW)

  • Forklift
  • Dogging
  • Rigging
  • Scaffolding
  • Confined Spaces
  • Elevated Work Platforms
  • Crane Operations

Work Health and Safety

  • Certificate 3, 4 in WHS
  • Diploma, Advanced Diploma in WHS
  • First Aid CPR
  • Local Risk Control
  • First Attack Fire
  • Heavy Haulage Driver Behaviour
  • Hot Works (Oxy, Grinders etc)

Health and Wellbeing

  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Dust Diseases
  • Healthy Eating
  • Quit Smoking
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness
  • Suicide and Mental Health Awareness
  • Heat Awareness

Management and Leadership

  • Site Safety Management
  • Cert 4 in Construction Management
  • Cert 4 in Civil Construction Management
  • Cert4 in Leadership and management
  • Safety leaders
  • Communication , Toolbox talks etc

Plant and Equipment Operations

  • Cert 3 in Civil Construction Plant Operations
  • Skid Steer
  • Excavator
  • Roller
  • Dozer
  • Water Truck etc

Accessing Sydney Metro jobs 

To support the training of Sydney Metro's workforce, the Department of Employment has established a co-located job brokerage service at the NSW Infrastructure Skills Centre. It will also provide job placement services at Nirimba and Ingleburn.

For more information please contact us by phone 131 601 or by email