Construction training launches into new era

Wednesday, 04 June 2014
Challenger Institute of Technology has officially opened its $28.6 million Building Technologies Training Facility in Rockingham, representing a major step forward for the Western Australian construction industry.
The new building and construction training facility is the largest in Western Australia and is well positioned to meet WA’s growing demand for skilled workers. It will provide pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training for up to 900 students in Perth’s south metropolitan region.
Deputy Premier; Training and Workforce Development Minister Kim Hames opened the facility today, along with Challenger Institute CEO Liz Harris and ABN Group managing director Dale Alcock.
Ms Harris said that with a projected increase in new construction trades jobs in WA over the next few years, the establishment of the Building Technologies Training Facility at Challenger’s Rockingham campus was timely and relevant.
“Through a multi-million dollar investment by the state and federal governments, Challenger’s new state-of-the-art facility presents exciting opportunities in building and construction training for employers, schools, students and the local community,” Ms Harris said.
The building comprises three major components: timber technology, including carpentry, joinery and machining; mortar trades, including plastering, bricklaying, tiling and wall and ceiling lining; and the utilities building that houses plumbing and gas fitting. Students benefit from state-of-the-art workshops, specialised learning rooms for electrical trades, classrooms and computer-based training rooms.
The courses offered at the new facility have a focus on sustainability principles including renewable energy, waste management and water management.
As part of the project, existing training blocks at the Rockingham campus were extensively refitted to ensure the best possible facilities were available for electrical and data communications training.
About 140,000 Western Australians worked in the construction industry in the past year, making it the biggest industry employer in the state.
In 2013, there were 2100 apprenticeship commencements in the building and construction trades, an increase of more than 20 per cent compared with 2012. Building and construction trades last year made up 19 per cent of all apprentices in training.
The $28.6 million Building Technologies Training Facility was funded by the State Government, with $17million of this funding coming from the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development.​

PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) ABN Group managing director Dale Alcock, Challenger CEO Liz Harris and Deputy Premier and Training Minister Kim Hames at the official opening of the new Building Technologies Training Facility.

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