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$2.2 million in Sponsorship to assist workforce development and training standards in the Construction and Property Services Industry

Monday, October 16 2017

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Monday October 9, 2017

$2.2 million in Sponsorship to assist workforce development and training standards in the Construction and Property Services Industry

Skills Oz is proud to announce that Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) has provided $2.2 million in sponsorship to develop industry lead and focused training materials to support workforce development of the sector.

The sponsorship was developed in light of the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s report that said 80 per cent of the nation’s RTO’s fail their initial audit with noncompliance in areas relating to Learning and Assessment practices and resources. At the same time, it was confirmed by Worksafe that more than 600 serious injuries occur per month and on average a death every two weeks on construction sites across Australia.

Skills Oz CEO Phillip Charlton said the sponsorship provided for the development of training suites and resources developed in partnership with construction companies, industry experts, regulators, trainers, compliance officers and curriculum designers to ensure it reflected exactly what the industry needed to improve training and workplace safety records.

“With the construction industry forecasted to create an additional 80,000 jobs over the next five years, employers and stakeholders in the construction and property services sectors are rightly concerned about the current industry standards, productivity, workforce development and workplace health and safety,” Mr Charlton said.

“Our members and stakeholders came to us for a solution and as a member-based organisation, run by the industry, for the industry, we are committed to the continued improvement of the construction workforce.”

As a subsidiary of the Construction and Property Services Industry Council (CPSISC), Skills Oz will offer the industry-led resources at no cost to TAFE, RTOs, colleges, high schools and trainers delivering courses and qualifications in the construction and property services sector.

“Today’s RTOs are under continued pressure to deliver relevant, industry-focussed and affordable training for the jobs of tomorrow,” Mr Charlton said. “Trainers and educators in this space are expected to keep up-to-date and abreast of changing guidelines and legislation, increased audit requirements and a growing focus on the learner experience.

“Yet, public perception and industry’s trust of our RTO system has been undermined in recent years due to misuse of public funding by some organisations and inconsistencies across courses and qualifications and skills.

“We feel the best people to assist with updating the training platforms are the people working at the coalface of the sector – the construction companies and the industry experts,” he said.

“It’s for this reason we worked closely with them to develop these resources. We are incredibly proud of these programs as it all works towards having a more skilled workforce, who return safely to their families every night.”

In developing the program, Skills Oz consulted with peak industry bodies and members such as the Housing Industry Association (HIA), Consulting Surveyors National, Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia, CFMEU, Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union, First National Real Estate, Australian Security Industry Association Limited and Surveying and Spatial Science Institute.

Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia CEO Ken Gardner said it’s imperative the whole industry works together to update the sector’s training resources.

“There is an ongoing need for quality training resources to support mobility of labour in Australia and to underpin mutual recognition of qualifications and licensed occupations,” Mr Gardner said.

“It is essential to the education and training sector within Australia that we continue to update and ensure the training resources reflect what is required for safety and productivity reasons.”

Skills Oz is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Construction and Property Services Industry Council (CPSISC) an altruistic not for profit company limited by guarantee that represents the workforce training and development needs of 1.8 million workers from over 365,00 businesses via 42 peak industry bodies and 8,500 stakeholders.

Skills Oz supports and assists the construction and property services sector by developing education, and training resources and workforce development solutions.

View Skills Oz Resource sponsorship release dates

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For more information contact Phillip Charlton on 0477 677 090 or email phillip@skillsoz.com.au

For Information on Skills Oz and the sponsorship ctrl+ click the following hyperlink - https://vimeo.com/231031844


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