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Coal & Gas Fired Power Stations take on Thomson Bridge Legacy Skills programs, issuing nationally accredited qualifications to their people who have spent their working careers in power stations.

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Our hand-picked team of local WA based electricity network and power systems professionals has deep knowledge of WA’s energy networks and regulations and is backed by a large national team of SMEs, engineers, L & D practitioners and digital designers who are committed to a safe and skilled workforce.

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The rising volume of high voltage underground power cables brings about technical challenges to network and site developers, operators, and maintenance technicians.

Due to the increase in costly faults in underground cabling systems, the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) has called on Thomson Bridge and NKT to educate the owners, developers and operators of high voltage networks on what conditions and workmanship are necessary in underground cable systems to ensure quality and longevity. 

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Thomson Bridge is proud to announce that the GWO Basic Safety Training skillset for workers within the wind generation sector can be delivered under subsidised arrangements by the NSW Skilling for Recovery program, for a limited time only. 

Through this initiative the cost of the National Units of Competency are fully funded, with the only out of pocket expenses being for certification with GWO. 

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Thomson Bridge and Ironbark Training proudly announce a collaboration to provide essential training and skills for the next decade of energy infrastructure workers.

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Thomson Bridge is responding to the needs of the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) and our partner clients in creating the Thomson Bridge ESI Academy.

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Great Start for the THOMSON BRIDGE – TRANSGRID Apprenticeship Program

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In spite of COVID-19, many Employers in the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) are contnuing to employ apprentces. In response,Thomson Bridge has refined and expanded our delivery methods for apprenticeship training programs.

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The next decade will see a significant number of projects designed to improve and secure the nation’s transmission infrastructure. Projects of note include the new electricity interconnector between South Australia and New South Wales.

This interconnector project alone is a billion project and has been declared a Critical State Significant Infrastructure project in NSW. At a cost of approximately $1.5 billion, this project will create 800 regional construction jobs and 700 continuing jobs. The project is planned for delivery between 2022 and 2024. 

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The electricity distribution network industry has endured substantial transformation in recent times, with the networks experiencing a significant growth in outsourcing of building and maintaining to a contractor workforce. This trend has led to a large number of workplace redundancies and movement across the electrical networks. 

Thomson Bridge is leading the market in upskilling workers within the transmission and distribution sector, by implementing intensive and strategically developed bridging programs.

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Massive investment in rail infrastructure is underway and will continue for the next decade. Projects such as Cross River Rail in Brisbane, Inland Rail, Sydney and Melbourne Metros, the Level Crossing Removal Program, the Metronet project in Perth, rail extensions in South Australia, expansion of rail lines in the Pilbara, and numerous light rail projects in cities across the country, are heralding this investment boom. 

But, this has not always been the case. Late in 2018, the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) launched a report that assesses workforce capability based on planned and forecast rail infrastructure development over the next 10 years. The report observed that since the 1980s the rail sector was characterised by stagnation in rail investment, stop-start funding cycles and short-term cost cutting. View the ARA Report here.

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