Master Builders Backs Labor's Plans
For Group Training Organisations

Master Builders Australia welcomes Labor’s further announcement of policy initiatives to increase apprenticeship commencements and completions.
 
“Master Builders has consistently called for more support for apprentices while they train and for the employers who train them and not just those who study through TAFE,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said.
 
“Master Builders therefore welcomes Labor’s recognition of the important role Group Training Organisations play in training apprentices and supporting contractors and sub-contractors in the building industry,” he said.

“Master Builders estimates that some new 300,000 skilled workers will be required over the next decade to meet building and construction demand from projects as diverse as home building and renovating to building major infrastructure projects,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.

“The building and construction industry is a project based industry where apprentices move from job site to job site, gaining wide ranging experience by working with a range of employers, particularly small businesses. It means apprentices are provided with continuous training during their apprenticeship,” he said.

“Group Training Organisations play a vital role in supporting apprentices and the small businesses that train the next generation of carpenters, plumbers, bricklayers and builders,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.
 
“Master Builders welcomes the additional support announced by Labor to invest $10 million a year in new funding over the next four years to support the critical role that Group Training Organisations play in the construction industry,” he said.
 
“With the current completion rate for apprenticeships at around 50%, Master Builders welcomes the increased support for all Group Training Organisations to attract, support and retain young people in construction trade apprenticeships,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.
 
“Labor’s announcement will help Master Builders realise its benchmarks that would see 80% of the construction workforce holding a post-school qualification and 100,000 apprentices in training,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.