A skills passport for Canberra’s builders sees the light of day

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CANBERRA’S builders have launched the “Master Builders Education and Training Policy”.

“Builders are investing in the future of training in our industry. We are committed to providing opportunities for rewarding careers for young people in prosperous businesses and in an industry that is crucial to the ACT economy,” Kirk Coningham, Executive Director of Master Builders ACT said.

“The policy recognises the fact that our industry is evolving quickly. It introduces the idea of a ‘skills passport’ that encourages MBA members and the industry to constantly update and broaden their skills. It’s also about investing in the future of industry and of young people in our community through enhanced pathways from school to apprenticeships and para-professional qualifications.

“It is about ensuring the industry can respond to innovation such as new technologies, building design and materials. It’s about opening the industry up to new skills and responding to changing demographics by attracting women and people of mature age to the industry and supporting them to commence entry to a building industry career.

“MBA Group Training is also a pathway to quality. Investing in the rigorous requirements in time and effort demanded by the MBA shows the individual is committed to excellence. Ahead of the pack from the outset.

“The Education and Training policy is about collaborative partnerships such as with the University of Canberra to enhance and promote the Bachelor of Building and Construction Management.

“And it’s an apprenticeship structure that is relevant and contemporary and meets the needs of the industry and young people.

“More than $3 billion in construction work is forecast to be completed in 2017/18. Master Builders’ Education and Training Policy will ensure Canberra’s builders are major contributors to the economy and the community now and in the future,” Kirk said.

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