Victorian Tunnelling Centre
An Australian-first tunnelling training centre will train thousands of local workers to deliver tunnel projects in Victoria - including the Metro Tunnel.
Works to construct the Victorian Tunnelling Centre were completed in December 2020.
The new $16 million Victorian Tunnelling Centre at Holmesglen Institute’s Chadstone campus will train and skill local workers in underground construction and tunnelling.
It will include a replica tunnel with a full-height entrance, two multi-purpose engineering and technical workshops and training facilities including tunnel shaft and concrete lining spray simulators, as well as virtual reality experiences.
The tunnel boring machine replica tunnel will be the exact diameter of the Metro Tunnel, while the mined replica tunnel will be the equivalent width of a three-lane freeway.
Holmesglen Institute will offer both existing and new courses at the tunnelling centre, including Certificate and Diploma qualifications as well as safety-based training for working underground. By 2021, it is estimated up to 5,000 students will participate in training courses at the centre each year.
The centre is modelled on the successful Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy established as part of London’s Crossrail and the Tunnel Training Academy in Kuala Lumpur.
For further information, please visit the Holmesglen tunnelling centre website.