A new employment space aimed at connecting local job seekers with opportunities on the New Maitland Hospital project has officially opened.
The new Maitland Connectivity Centre, run by Multiplex Constructions in partnership with the NSW Government, opened its doors on Tuesday.
The hub will assist locals to find employment and job opportunities on the NSW Government's $470 million new Maitland Hospital development.
Multiplex regional director Daniel Murphy said the connectivity centre had received support from all tiers of government, Hunter New England Health, Heath Infrastructure NSW and the local community.
"We've seen the connectivity centre bring opportunity for the community, and opportunity for us as a contractor to deliver hope to the locals via employment and training," he said.
"For us, it's a really proud moment. We are delivering more than just a building, but hope for the community."
The free support service will engage with the local indigenous community for employment, traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities.
Liberal MLC Taylor Martin, said almost 5000 new jobs are expected to be created as a direct result of work beginning on the project.
"The Connectivity Centre assists with recruitment, negotiating funding for training and developing prevocational training programs during the construction of the new hospital," he said.
"These connections will facilitate the best possible employment outcomes for employees, employers and the local community through job readiness training for project roles, tailored training and work experience programs, ongoing support and mentoring and post placement support."
The centre is located next to the Stockland Green Hills complex at 11 Molly Morgan Drive, Maitland.
The new Maitland Hospital is on track to open in early 2022, with concrete slabs expected to be laid next week.
It will deliver a range of services and increased capability in the form of beds and treatment spaces to better meet the changing healthcare needs of the community.
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