nbn’s new campaign is seeking 150 additional workers to help implement the broadband rollout in Tasmania.

The Experienced Workers campaign is one of several campaigns aimed at attracting workers into the rollout in Tasmania, as well as an additional 4,500 workers nationally.

nbn is urging experienced telecommunications technicians and workers to join the network rollout in Tasmania and to train and mentor younger telecommunications workers for the future.

nbn Corporate Affairs Manager Tasmania, Russell Kelly, said the rollout in Tasmania is creating opportunities for experienced workers to re-enter the industry and use their lifetime of skills to help build and maintain the network.

“The NBN network rollout in Tasmania has had its best year ever – in 2015 we grew the footprint by 79 per cent and doubled the number of premises that were activated.

“As at 31 December 2015, over 116,000 Tasmanian premises can connect to the NBN network, with over 54,000 having chosen to do so.

“We are about 45 per cent through the rollout and are about to hit a surge of new activity.”

Mr Kelly said, “This year with the rollout of fibre to the node technology that uses the existing copper network to help deliver fast broadband, we especially need workers experienced in copper technology.

“We also recognise that a significant proportion of the telecommunications workforce may retire in the next five years – so it’s important we’re training a new generation.”

Experienced workers are especially needed to fill roles as telecommunications technicians, fibre splicers, linesworkers and copper cable jointers.

Mr Kelly said the campaign would link experienced workers with nbn’s delivery partners and subcontractors with work beginning as soon as possible.

The Experienced Worker campaign is part of the nbn’s $40million Industry Workforce Development Program aimed at stimulating the employment and training of an additional 4,500 workers to construct, operate and maintain the network.

The program also aims to develop and maintain a sustainable and competent workforce through the deployment of enAble, an online accreditation, training, and assessment portal.

It follows a the Career Start campaign, which attracted over 1500 expressions of interest from less experienced and younger people nationwide to kick start their careers in the telecommunications industry.

Successful candidates will be employed by a delivery partner or subcontractor.

Once the NBN network construction is completed, long-term opportunities will exist as the network moves into ongoing operations and maintenance.

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Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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