Paving the highway to better skills
Courtesy of The Advertiser.
SA’s civil construction sector has received a major boost this month after Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni and the Training and Skills Commission gave the green light to two new apprenticeships.
The Minister says the conversion of two traineeships into civil construction apprenticeships will help ensure the skills necessary to implement the State Government’s investment in infrastructure.
Training and Skills Com-mission Chair Michael Boyce says the Commission works hard to achieve results for industry and for the community. “The revitalisation of the Training and Skills Commission includes the re-establishment of eight Industry Skills Councils, which are providing direct input into workforce policy, and developing strong links with business and regional industry stakeholders,” Boyce says.
Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) chief executive Phillip Sutherland says the new apprenticeships will be the first created in the domain of civil construction.
He says converting the Certificate IIIs in Civil Construction and in Civil Construction Plant Operations into apprenticeship programs will help supply the industry with more skilled workers and provide better career pathways into the sector.
“This is a defining moment for us,” Sutherland says. “It certainly will offer an attractive, paid training and employment pathway to school leavers and others.
“Parents of kids in school would see an apprenticeship as more stable, with more opportunities for jobs than just a traineeship.
“We anticipate that we will see more people coming from school into the industry, which is really important to us because there is something of a skills shortage.”
Sutherland says large road projects and other civil engineering projects in the state will supply a pipeline of work for the next 10 to 20 years, “so we are going to need all the available people”.
He says the industry has relied on labour hire programs to fill the gaps but apprentices would come to their roles showing a commitment to the industry and with appropriate qualifications and experience.