Attracting Apprentices to Construction

The construction industry is the largest industry in Western Australia and employs tens of thousands of people but attracting new people to the industry is a challenge faced around the country.

One way that the state aims to attract and train skilled workers is through the Construction Training Fund (CTF). The fund was established in 1990 and has sinced helped 48,000 apprentices and trainees and over 340,000 industry workers upgrade their skills.

The CTF recently announced a $4000 incentive to further drive recruitment and training of construction apprentices in collaboration with the Housing Industry Association (HIA).

Remember everyone who enters the construction site for work must complete general construction induction training known as The White Card course to ensure they know how to ‘Work Safely in The Construction Industry’.

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Demand for Construction Continues to Soar


The gap between construction skills and demand is growing, according to the latest Hays report.

The report highlights worker shortages across several areas in the construction sector but in particular project managers, construction managers and contract administrators are in the highest demand.

Skilled construction professionals are in massive demand as building activity reaches record high levels.

Earlier this year, ABS data indicated the number of people employed throughout the construction sector was close to 1.168million, seasonally adjusted. This is an addition of 100,000 workers over the past 12 months.

The 2017 Hays Global Skills Index shows, the skills jobseekers’ possess and those that employers need, are mismatched with the gap growing wider over the past year.  Find out more

Importance of Training in Construction Trades

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Education in the construction trades is evolving constantly and contractors are consistently provided with more opportunities to advance their skills and expand their businesses.

It’s important that contractors and their employees are seeking to improve their skills with regular training.

Also remember  that developments in all fields are being made all the time and contractors need to know how to install and service all products.

To read more about the advantages of skills training, click here.