HIA Calls for Skills Promotion as Construction Industry Career Choice
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Source: Sky news January 2017

HIA’s NSW Executive Director, David Bare, recently called for greater effort in promoting and developing career choices in the trades to grow the future construction skill base.

In the NSW e-NEWS, Mr Bare said “The focus is too heavily weighted toward gaining a professional qualification at university with few job opportunities at the end of it.  If the Government of NSW is serious about maintaining housing supply as the key weapon to fight affordability, it must also acknowledge that developing the workforce to support it is crucial.

Currently there are a range of pre-apprenticeship schemes and other initiatives which have been somewhat successful but a more focussed campaign, developed with the residential construction industry, to attract people to consider a trade career and lifestyle is desperately needed.  This is one of the items HIA will also discuss with NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills & Regional Development, John Barilaro.

Mr Bare said “The debate on housing affordability in NSW is heating up.  One area that we cannot afford to overlook is developing and growing the residential construction skill base of tomorrow. HIA welcomes the NSW Government’s targets of increasing completion rates to 65% but we also need to find ways to attract young people (and those transitioning careers or industry sectors) towards the trades.”

ABBTF consistently supports this effort with its ongoing promotion of a bricklaying apprenticeship at its Become-a-Bricklayer website, as a career entry point that opens doors to many roles in the construction industry and provides young people with a chance to own a business in construction within a few years of qualifying.  Bricklaying trade apprenticeships are available now.

Brendan Coyle,
ABBTF NSW Manager

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