Ballarat jobs boost for new train build

The Victorian Government is delivering a major boost for local jobs in Ballarat with recruitment underway for skilled manufacturing, procurement, testing, and factory fit-out roles as part of the X’Trapolis 2.0 train build.

The Victorian Government is delivering 25 more accessible, reliable and energy efficient X’Trapolis 2.0 trains – supporting around 750 jobs across manufacturing and the supply chain, including up to 150 in Ballarat during the project.

The $986 million project is funded through the Victorian Budget 2021/2022 to gradually replace Melbourne’s long-serving Comeng fleet on the Craigieburn, Upfield and Frankston lines – increasing accessibility and improving journeys.

A minimum 60 per cent local content quota will ensure local jobs are maximized and the project will include at least five per cent trainee and apprenticeship positions.

Work to upgrade Alstom’s Ballarat manufacturing facility will also begin ahead of manufacturing starting later this year.

The new design will add capacity and ensure the workshop meets modern standards. The upgrades will include renewing track, overhead cranes, digging pits to access underneath the trains, new workshop, testing facilities, and storage area.

Since 2014, the Victorian Government has invested over $7.5 billion to deliver a pipeline of hundreds of new trains, trams and buses which is supporting thousands of jobs in Victoria’s advanced rolling stock manufacturing industry.

For more information about how to get involved in the X’Trapolis 2.0 Project, visit the Alstom website.