Today at NSW Parliament House, the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) NSW Chapter held its annual Industry Leaders Forum.
Given the nature of the market, the Forum provided a great opportunity for the construction industrys top management to meet with senior NSW government regulators and key academics and discuss the challenges for the industry and its future.
To assist discussion, the AIB NSW Chapter President Chris Bulmer, gave an overview of key AIB achievements and initiatives;
- The Adopt a University strategy meant that each members of the NSW committee are engaged in understanding the specific requirements of each university. By tailoring specific AIB service, 73% growth in student membership had been yielded.
- Chapter committee members have been involved in guest lecturing at most of the university building schools across NSW. In this regards, Mr Bulmer stated;
The relationship between the AIB and the universities had never been stronger. Both want to deliver students to industry, government or academia who are world class in their knowledge and training. Australia is leading the way.
- The Eminent Speakers Program continued to be a great success where the AIB organised speakers at all universities across the country. Increased patronage was evident for all events.
- In December 2011, the NSW Young Builders Alliance (YBA) concept had been initiated by the AIB. The YBA gave young building professionals the opportunity to be involved in their industry in such AIB initiatives such as organising site visits as well rolling-out the BBQ with a Boss concept. These initiatives delivered networking opportunities between university students, TAFE students and industry.
- Future YBA initiatives were outlined with Mr Bulmer stating;
Off the YBA platform, we will instigate a Mentor Program which will give students access to senior construction representatives for career planning and the like. Further, an AIB service will be offered to students which assist with their CVs and also delivers job opportunities in what is a particularly tough market.
Guests of Honour at the Forum were the Honourable Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Fair Trading, Mr John Tansey, Assistant Commissioner, Home Building Service and Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG QC HFAIB.
In addition, bronze plaques were unveiled for outstanding projects which received awards at the 2011 AIB Professional Excellence Awards. These plaques are affixed to the completed structures as lasting recognition of the builders professional approach to the project.
125 people attended the event.
2012 Sponsors of the AIB NSW Chapter are Fair Trading and Aconex.