The NBN have partnered with ten training providers to address the skill shortage of 4,500 staff ahead of the roll out of their network.
The NBN itself predicted a skills shortage could be on the way in it’s latest corporate plan which it warned, could draw out the time and resources used to create their multi-technology mix network, “This could have a direct impact on the rollout timelines and quality assurance, but more importantly on take-up and revenue.”
The ten training providers listed below will offer training pathways for new entrants and existing workers in the telecommunications industry:
- ASG Integracom Management Group
- Blue Sky Academy
- Careers Australia Institute of Training
- Celemetrix Professional Services
- Chisholm Institute
- Federation Training
- Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
- JB Hunter Technology
- Ramsden Telecommunications Training and
- Programmed Skilled Training Services
These providers are set to attract 2000 school leavers with the Career Start Program which offers two courses; Certificate II in Telecommunications and Certificate III in Telecommunications. Successful candidates will go on to receive jobs with NBN contractors or subcontractors.
Long-term job opportunities are also said to be available with the NBN as the network moves into ongoing operations and maintenance.
For workers already in the telecommunications industry there will be cross-skilled programs available to provide occupational and technological competencies in these areas:
- Telecommunications Linesworker: Copper
- Telecommunications Linesworker: Fibre
- Telecommunications Linesworker: HFC
- Cable Jointer: Copper
- Telecommunications Technician: Fibre
- Telecommunications Technician: HFC
- Telecommunications Fibre Splicer
For those interested in joining the NBN workforce please register your interest in the programs available here.