Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Education and Training
Ongoing workforce needs of the building and construction sector was in focus today as industry, training providers, unions and government representatives set out a roadmap to skill the sector following COVID-19.
The Building and Construction Workforce Summit, hosted by Skills Tasmania and the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board, was formed as a key recommendation from the Building and Construction COVID-19 Roundtable in July.
Today’s summit focussed on identifying ways to attract, retrain and sustain a skilled-up and ready labour force to support significant building and investment opportunities that are ready to go now or that are on the horizon.
Importantly, we want to focus on building essential skills here so we don’t need to rely on an interstate workforce.
This means building a larger and more diverse local workforce and building a stronger long-term skills base sector-wide.
With the future development needs of the industry mapped out and challenges identified we expect to have a practical and workable Building and Construction Skills Action Plan in place that will set out the roles of stakeholders in achieving our goals.
**A list of participating organisations follows.
Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB)
Housing Industry Association (HIA)
Master Builders Tasmania (MBT)
Civil Contractors Federation (CCF)
Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC)
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI)
Department of Education
Department of Health and Human Services
VEC Civil Engineering
University of Tasmania
St Joseph Affordable Homes
Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania
National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC)