Why Skilling Australians Fund Is Crucial For The Building Industry

RPR Trades specialises in the supply of skilled and semi-skilled blue collar workforces across many Industry sectors, including Building & Construction. As such, we are confronted daily with the challenges posed by the shortage of skilled labour, both directly and through conversations with Clients, and noted the below article with interest.

Whilst we believe the Skilling Australians Fund is a step in the right direction, there is so much more that needs to be done, in terms of tackling issues, and generating ideas, e.g.:

  • We have students who don’t complete their apprenticeships, my question is why not?
  • Should Schools start their apprenticeships earlier while they are still at studying? Giving employers qualified workers quicker.
  • We know there’s jobs out there and employers are desperate for skilled workers right now, so what else can be done in the meantime?

I’m keen to hear your thoughts, please share my post and comment below.

The latest Internet Vacancy Index recently released by the Department of Jobs and Small Business highlights how crucial the $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund will be for the building and construction industry and its future workforce needs.

Combined with forecasts showing that building and construction will need more than 120,000 additional workers over the next five years, the 31,000 industry related vacancies advertised in January highlights why building and construction has been identified as a priority industry.

The Skilling Australians Fund will support up to 300,000 skilled Australians, with a focus on apprenticeships and traineeships.

“The fund is a key element in helping our industry address its future workforce challenges said. Building and construction provides jobs for more than one million people, more than 1 in 10 Australians, and trains more than half of the nation’s apprentices,” said Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia.

That’s more than 50,000 of tomorrow’s tradies getting the skills that they need (and that employers want) today and each and every year.

While the Internet Vacancy Index increased by 1.2% in January 2018, continuing a 16-month run of increases, the strongest increases were for Machinery Operators and Drivers (up by 2.3%) and Technicians and Trades Workers (1.6%). These same categories, over the last twelve months, have increased by almost 15% and 20% respectively. These latest figures are yet another reminder that the skill challenges of tomorrow need to be tackled today.

‘The Skilling Australians Fund will be an important element in ensuring builders can continue to grow, create jobs, and deliver the things the community needs, including homes for families and vital public infrastructure’, said Denita.

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