Inland Rail workshop a big hit with Ipswich businesses

Local businesses in the Ipswich area are now primed to take advantage of the opportunities available from the construction of Inland Rail in Queensland, following a hugely successful Business Capability Workshop held in town on 22 November.

Attendees at the Business Capability workshop held in Ipswich

Around thirty local businesses registered for the Business Capability Workshop and learned about the ICN Gateway – the supplier engagement portal used by Inland Rail and hundreds of major projects across the country.

Attendees at the workshop were walked through the supplier registration process including how to communicate information about their business and submit a compliant Expression of Interest on the ICN Gateway to bid for work on Inland Rail.

ICN Queensland and Inland Rail representatives also provided expert one-on-one coaching to attending businesses, helping them to bid for future work on Inland Rail projects.

The Business Capability Workshops play a critical part in helping the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) ensure that local and regional suppliers can take advantage of opportunities presented by Inland Rail in Queensland.

ARTC Inland Rail Supply Chain Manager Jason Manttan said:

“We are delighted with the success of our Business Capability Workshop in Ipswich, these events help us to make sure we deliver real and lasting opportunities for regional communities.

“While we’re expecting to generate direct and indirect supply and job opportunities during construction, we’re also working to prepare communities for other project opportunities by helping to upskill local and First Nations businesses.

“Our business capability building workshops are just part of Inland Rail’s commitment to communities where Australia’s largest freight project is being built and operated.

“Local and First Nations businesses are crucial to the work we do and to their communities. Supporting them to build their capability will not only help them embark on new endeavours, but it will help drive positive change and boost employment along the alignment.

“With Inland Rail already delivering business uplift and jobs confidence in communities along the rail corridor, business capability building workshops such as these will help ensure Inland Rail’s positive impacts go beyond the construction period for the project.”

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