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What is the Victorian Tunnelling Centre?

The Victorian Tunnelling Centre (VTC) is a training facility providing training to people working on Victorian infrastructure projects such as the Metro Tunnel Project. The VTC trains and upskills local workers in Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) operation and underground construction. Existing civil construction, industrial skills, high risk work training and safety and OHS training continues to be delivered at the Drummond Street campus and in the VTC. 

What does the Victorian Tunnelling Centre contain?

The VTC includes a full height replica mined tunnel and full height replica Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) tunnel similar as the Metro Tunnel - all above ground. It also provides two multi-purpose engineering workrooms and training facilities including tunnel shaft and concrete lining spray simulators, as well as virtual reality experiences.

What is happening on the site?

Construction of the VTC is now complete, with all major internal equpiment installed.

What is the impact of COVID-19 on the VTC?

Holmesglen Institute, including our Drummond Street campus, remains open and is delivering training remotely where possible or with safe social distancing measures in place. The first priority for Holmesglen is the health and wellbeing of our community, including students, staff, industry partners, clients and visitors to our campuses. We will continue to follow the advice of the Victorian Departments of Health and Human Services and Education and Training. Should the spread of COVID-19 impact upon the accessibility of the VTC and the availability of courses, we will make every effort to provide timely information via updates to all affected stakeholders.

Who is leading the development of the Victorian Tunnelling Centre?  

The project is funded by the State Government through Rail Projects Victoria (RPV).

Who is involved in the VTC?

A large project like this requires the expertise of many organisations and many people.  The Metro Tunnel Project’s Tunnels and Stations contractor CYP Design & Construction (a joint venture comprising John Holland, Lendlease, and Bouygues Construction) had ovesight of the design and build of the facility, with Holmesglen managing the on-site construction and day-to-day operation. 

What is the project timeline?

The VTC build is now complete and will be open to students from mid-2020 with some training already delivered on-site in other buildings. However, the uncertainty caused by the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may limit the amount of students who can train in the various sections of the centre at any one time. 

Who will be trained at the VTC?

Training is aimed at all levels, from new entrants, workforce, engineers through to managers. A range of apprentices, trainees and cadets will be attending the VTC for training from across Victoria and Australia.  

What courses are being provided?     

Training for workers on the Metro Tunnel project is already being delivered by Holmesglen, including virtual reality tunnelling, and the VTC will take this to the next level. Besides existing civil construction, high risk work training and other industrial skills, safety and electrical courses, new courses will include certificate and diploma qualifications for skills required in tunnel construction spanning management, concreting, electrical, plumbing, safety, etc.

Workers with a High Risk Work (HRW) licence are in high demand on major construction projects.  For more informaton and to enrol in one of Holmesglen's public Industrial Skills courses, which include HRW courses, as well as safety and OHS courses, visit this page. Course dates are updated regularly. 

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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