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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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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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