Kevin Brown, head of corporate services, noted that 8000 to 9000 semi-skilled workers will need to be trained within a three month period. The company will also need thousands of skilled workers, who may need anything from two weeks to two years training to upgrade their skills in the relevant areas.
He suggested "a substantial proportion" of the rollout workforce will be hired locally. "A key difference between the NBN's job requirements and those created by the mining boom is that the work of NBN Co is dispersed right across the country."
RTOs accredited to provide ICT10 Integrated Telecommunications, RII09 Resources and Infrastructure Industry, UET09 Electricity Supply Industry Transmission, Distribution and Rail Sector or UEE07 Electrotechnology training packages are invited to respond to NBN Co's request for expressions of interest using the pro-forma available here. The closing date is July 29.