Jobs and investment

The HCMT Project will result in 1100 jobs to build 65 next-generation trains, the Pakenham East depot and light service facility at Calder Park and the long-term maintenance of the trains.

Suppliers on the High Capacity Metro Trains Project

The train fleet will be built with at least 60 per cent local content – trains are being assembled in Newport in Melbourne's west using locally made systems and components.

See the full list of Victorian businesses supplying the project:

Workforce facts

  • 175 manufacturing jobs at the Newport manufacturing facility
  • hundreds of jobs for local suppliers throughout Victoria, including regional areas
  • 450 jobs at the peak of construction for the new depot in Pakenham East and 100 long-term rail maintenance jobs.

The High Capacity Metro Trains Project is being delivered in accordance with the Victorian Government's Major Projects Skills Guarantee.

The workforce includes 15 per cent of positions for apprentices, trainees or cadets and 7 per cent for workers that face barriers to employment. These workforce development commitments will be supported by specialist recruitment organisations.

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Opportunities for industry and employment

Interested suppliers should register their interest via the Industry Capability Network website at gateway.icn.org.au

Jobseekers interested in project opportunities should visit www.downergroup.com to register their details.

For further opportunities across major transport projects in Victoria, visit: bigbuild.vic.gov.au/jobs.

Industry partnerships

A range of training and education opportunities will be provided through initiatives and partnerships including:

  • a partnership with Chisholm TAFE to offer industry specific training for workers to provide career pathways for people currently working in the rail industry and broader manufacturing sector
  • a partnership with Swinburne University of Technology to deliver 30 engineering rolling stock cadetships over five years - the first cadets started in July 2017
  • opportunities to assist workers' transition from the automotive industry to the Victorian rolling stock industry
  • dedicated training facilities at the Newport manufacturing facility and Pakenham East depot.