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Jobs of the future celebrated at Melbourne’s Metro Academy in National Skills Week


The Hon Steve Irons MP
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships

As part of National Skills Week, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon Steve Irons MP, toured the Metro Academy’s simulated track and signal area that was built and wired by apprentices.

“My tour of the Metro Academy today highlights just how rapidly Australia’s workplaces are changing. The work of the Metro Academy demonstrates how vital it is to ensure workers of the future have the skills they need to succeed in their careers,” Minister Irons said.

“As an ex-sparky, the work the electrical apprentices carried out to build and wire the simulated track and signal area was very impressive.”

Metro Trains Melbourne was awarded the Large Employer of the Year Award at the 2016 Australian Training Awards for its exceptional training programs delivered through its registered training organisation, the Metro Academy.

“This is the kind of workplace that inspires me. It is clear that one way of addressing the shortage of apprentices is to highlight just how exciting the opportunities are by putting the great work of organisations like Metro Trains in the spotlight,” Minister Irons said.

“The Morrison Government is committed to addressing skills shortages. We’ve demonstrated this commitment through our $525 million Skills Package: Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow.

“We are working in partnership with the states and territories to create up to 80,000 additional apprenticeships, funding 400 youth scholarships, and creating ten Industry Training Hubs in selected regional areas with high youth unemployment.”

“This will ensure Australia’s VET sector delivers the skills critical to the economy – both now and into the future.”

Events are being held around the country during National Skills Week to recognise the valuable contribution of vocational education and training (VET) to businesses, the economy, and to the lives of working Australians.

National Skills Week is held from 26 August to 1 September. For more information visit