AIB Welcomes SA Updated Skills and Workforce Development Plan but Warns Graduate Training Critical

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) today welcomed the annual update to the SA Training and Skills Commissions Five Year Plan, and the SA Governments Skills for All reforms, but expressed concern that construction managers may be not included in this plan. Graduate training for construction managers is of critical importance to the professionalism of the industry, which has positive benefits in a whole range of areas such as OHamp;S, structural safety, financial viability, industrial relations and environmental protection.

While we give credit to the SA Training and Skills Commissions updated Five Year Plan, and the South Australian Governments Skills for All reforms, we would like to see funding for a graduate development program for construction managers, said Mr Robert Hunt, AIB Chief Executive Officer.

I would be interested to enter a discussion with the Training and Skills Commission, as well as the South Australian Government, on how they could assist the AIB to deliver such a graduate development program in South Australia.

Mr Hunt added, Accountants and lawyers are expected to undertake a professional year after completing their university studies, but at present no such requirement exists for construction managers.

Given that lives depend on safe buildings and safe construction practices, the state of South Australia is in urgent need of a graduate development program for construction managers.

We note that the SA Government is trying to align courses with industry demand, and to realise the benefits of the mining boom.

More mining opportunities means more construction, which means more professionally qualified construction managers are needed. This is a fundamental point that the SA Government must take note of, said Mr Hunt.