news The NBN company has called for experienced telecoms technicians and workers to assist the network rollout in Tasmania during 2016 and beyond.
In a statement, the NBN company said experienced workers are needed immediately to assist with the rollout, and to train and mentor less experienced telecommunications workers for the future.
In particular, telecommunications technicians, fibre splicers, linesworkers and copper cable jointers are required, it added.
To attract the required skilled labour force, NBN has launched what it calls the ‘Experienced Workers‘ campaign – one of several campaigns aimed at attracting around 150 additional workers into the network rollout in Tasmania, and an additional 4,500 workers nationally.
Russell Kelly, NBN Corporate Affairs Manager Tasmania, said the rollout in Tasmania is creating opportunities for experienced workers to re-enter the industry and use their skills to help build and maintain the network.
“The NBN network rollout in Tasmania has had its best year ever – in 2015 we grew the footprint by 79% and doubled the number of premises that were activated,” he said. “As at 31 December 2015, over 116,000 Tasmanian premises can connect to the NBN network, with over 54,000 having chosen to do so.
He added that the NBN is about 45% through the rollout and is about to “hit a surge of new activity.
“This year, with the rollout of fibre-to-the-node technology that uses the existing copper network to help deliver fast broadband, we especially need workers experienced in copper technology,” explained Kelly. “We also recognise that a significant proportion of the telecommunications workforce may retire in the next five years – so it’s important we’re training a new generation.”
Mr Kelly said the campaign would link experienced workers with NBN’s delivery partners and subcontractors with work to begin as soon as possible.
Once the NBN network construction is completed, long-term opportunities will exist as the network moves into ongoing operations and maintenance, the NBN said.
The Experienced Worker campaign is part of the NBN’s $40 million Industry Workforce Development Program aimed at developing the employment and training of an additional 4,500 workers to construct, operate and maintain the national network.
The program also aims to develop and maintain a sustainable and competent workforce through the deployment of ‘enAble‘ – the NBN’s online accreditation, training, and assessment portal.
That initiative follows a successful Career Start campaign, the NBN said, which attracted over 1500 expressions of interest from less experienced and younger people nationwide to “kickstart” their careers in the telecoms industry.
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