Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program

The Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program (ISLP), administered by Training Services NSW, will capitalise on the NSW Government’s record levels of infrastructure investment to boost the number of skilled construction workers and create fresh pathways to employment across the state.

The NSW Government consulted with the construction industry to establish skills, training and employment targets to increase diversity in the workplace. The targets will:

  • allow existing workers to learn new skills on the job
  • increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities available on NSW Government infrastructure projects
  • increase the representation of young people, Aboriginal people and women in the construction industry
  • ensure workers from surrounding areas are targeted for training and employment to help address existing skills shortages across NSW.

PBD 2020-03 Skills, training and diversity in construction

ISLP Targets are now mandatory

The Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program was approved by the NSW Procurement Board on 27 May 2020 as a mandatory requirement for all major NSW Government infrastructure projects, effective from 1 July 2020. It is not retrospective and applies to all new projects from 1 July 2020.

The Board Direction PBD 2020-03 Skills, training and diversity in construction can be found here.

Training Management Guidelines

The Training Management Guidelines  provides information for NSW Government agencies and construction contractors on meeting the ISLP targets. It sets out the skills and diversity targets, provides examples of strategies for achievement and guidance on reporting performance to TSNSW.

Reporting

An example reporting template – ‘Attachment A’ – is included in the guidelines and can be downloaded here. Refer to the Training Management Guidelines for the full reporting requirements.

The Training Management Guidelines and Reporting Template are live documents and will be updated from time to time. If you have any questions or feedback in relation to these documents please contact the team at ISLP@det.nsw.edu.au.

The NSW Government Action Plan

The Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program is part of the NSW Government Action Plan: A ten point commitment to the construction sector (Action Plan).

Points nine and ten of the Action Plan recognise the need for the NSW Government to develop the skills, capability and capacity of the construction workforce in partnership with the private sector.

The NSW Government has worked closely with industry and government agencies to establish, implement and monitor achievement against the ISLP targets.

Since 2016 the ISLP has worked with nineteen state infrastructure projects in civil and general infrastructure; varying from the $20 billion Sydney Metro to the $180 million Lismore Base Hospital Redevelopment Stage 3B. All ISLP projects have exceeded expectations and achieved outstanding results against the targets.

Skills, Training and Diversity Targets

The NSW Procurement Board Direction sets out the following skills, training and diversity targets for major construction projects over $100 million.

20% of the total project workforce to be made up of ‘learning workers’
20% of all trades positions on a project made up of apprentices
apply the Aboriginal Participation in Construction Policy
doubling the number of women in trade related work
8% of the total project workforce is aged less than 25 years
reporting the employment and training outcomes for people from the local region (local region to be defined in the contract).

Agencies or Contractors may also wish to adopt additional targets on the project to support disadvantaged and underrepresented groups into employment including; people with a disability, long-term unemployed people, Refugees and Asylum Seekers or returned service men and women.

ISLP Projects

ISLP is a partnership between the NSW Government and the construction industry working together to co-design strategies that benefits the individual, local communities and supports underrepresented groups.

ISLP addresses skills and diversity needs by setting minimum targets for skills, training and diversity.

Current ISLP Projects

Visit Infrastructure project webpages by clicking on the photo.

Sydney Metro City and Southwest

Sydney Metro City
and Southwest
Case study

Parramatta Light Rail - Stage 1

Parramatta Light Rail
- Stage 1

Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct

Meadowbank Education and
Employment Precinct

Regional Rail - Dubbo Maintenance Facility

Regional Rail
Dubbo Maintenance Facility

Randwick Campus Redevelopment

Randwick Campus
Redevelopment

Wagga Wagga Health Service Redevelopment – Stage 3

Wagga Wagga Health Service
Redevelopment – Stage 3

Campbelltown Hospital Redevelopment

Campbelltown Hospital
Redevelopment

Coffs Harbour Hospital Redevelopment

Coffs Harbour Hospital
Redevelopment

Local Government – Dubbo Regional Collaboration Project

Local Government - Dubbo
Regional Collaboration Project

Berry to Bomaderry – Princes Highway Upgrade

Berry to Bomaderry
Princes Highway Upgrade

Albion Park Rail Bypass

Albion Park Rail Bypass

Batemans Bay Bridge

Batemans Bay Bridge
Replacement Project

Nowra Bridge Project

Nowra Bridge Project

Completed ISLP Projects

This is a list of projects which have completed participation in ISLP. The infrastructure build may still be ongoing.

WestConnex - New M4

WestConnex - New M4

Lismore Base Hospital Redevelopment - Stage 3B

Lismore Base Hospital
Redevelopment - Stage 3B
Case study

Wentworth to Broken Hill Water Pipeline

Wentworth to Broken Hill
Water Pipeline

Clarence Correctional Centre

Clarence Correctional Centre
Case study

New Intercity Fleet Maintenance Facility

New Intercity Fleet
Maintenance Facility

Achievements under ISLP

The ISLP projects are demonstrating strong performance against the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program targets. The table below shows total achievement against targets for all the ISLP projects.

Targets Number of people ISLP Target % Average % across all ISLP projects
Inducted on to site 39,437    
Learning Workers 13,367 20% 27%
Apprentices 662 20% 28%
Aboriginal People 1,232 In line with APIC 7%
Women in non-traditional Trades/Roles 1,541 2% 4%
Young people under 25 years 5,842 8% 15%
People living in the local Region 14,761 As per the contract 49%

Figures are from June 2016 to August 2020

 

Stocktake

In June 2014, the then Premier announced that at least 1,000 apprentices will be employed to help the NSW Government deliver its record level of Infrastructure.

This applies to all NSW Government Infrastructure Projects over $10 million and includes a target of 20% of the trades workforce to be apprentices.

Since the announcement, there have been just over 6,000 apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities, exceeding the Premier’s commitment for 1,000 apprentices, on Government infrastructure projects.

Skills shortages

Skills shortages occur where there is insufficient availability of skilled workers to meet the current and emerging needs of industry.

Forecasts suggest an additional 300,000 construction workers will be required nationally by 2024 (according to the Master Builders Australia).

Training Services NSW, through the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program, is collecting data on skill shortages from the projects listed above.

The ISLP projects have reported data to reflect that there are shortages in both technical skills including demolition and tunnelling work and soft skills including communication and leadership.

The Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program is an initiative set by the NSW Government in consultation with the construction industry to address current and emerging skills shortages to ensure NSW has a skilled workforce that is highly trained and diverse.

Resources for Download

The Training Management Guidelines and Reporting Template are live documents and will be updated from time to time. If you have any questions or feedback in relation to these documents please contact the team at ISLP@det.nsw.edu.au.

Contacts

For further information please email ISLP@det.nsw.edu.au

Page last updated: 25 September 2020