The building and construction industry plays a crucial role in the economy as the third largest employer of Australians, creating more than a million jobs and training around 50,000 apprentices each year.

To meet current projected demand, we need an additional 300,000 employees, apprentices and independent contractors over the next decade and 50,000 new entrants each year over the next ten years, and to offset the increasing number of workers entering retirement.

Unless this demand is met, we will suffer a crippling skills shortfall, and even greater housing affordability pressures, as has happened in the past.

Australia’s future productivity and competitiveness depend on a highly skilled and trained workforce. The national vocational and educational training system has not kept up pace with the changes in work practices in the construction industry. There is a need for both qualifications and skill sets to enable industry to recognise the skills of its workforce.

Employers have reported that apprentice quality is the number one issue impacting on their businesses. Master Builders believes in training young Australians first. The building industry is proud to train more apprentices each year than any other industry.

However, the industry also relies on the immigration system to help meet skills shortages, particularly in remote areas or for jobs requiring specialised technical expertise.

Skilled migrants play an important role in meeting immediate and longer term skills shortages and in enhancing innovation through knowledge transfer.

Reasonable access to temporary skilled migrants on 457 visas is important to meeting urgent demand for specific skill sets not immediately available in the broader Australian workforce.

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Master Builders Reform Priorities for Jobs and Skills for the Future:

Increasing Completion Rates for Building Trade Apprenticeships

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Supporting Site-­Ready & Productive Apprentices

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Financial Assistance to Employers who Invest in Apprentices

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Support for Increased Female Participation

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Improved Investment in Vocational Education and Training (VET)

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The National Training System

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The Role of the Industry

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Support for Mentoring Programmes with Outcomes

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Support for Partnership Programmes Between VET & Universities

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Migration to Reflect Increasing Skill Demands

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457 Program to Remain Uncapped

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Visa Sponsorship

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Reducing Project Bottlenecks Due to Highly Skilled Workers Shortages

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