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Robert Row delivered the presentation at the 2014 Skilling Australia Summit. ...

Robert Row delivered the presentation at the 2014 Skilling Australia Summit.

The 8th Annual Skilling Australia Summit considered the current policy framework and examined state and national challenges for skilling the Australian economy at this time. Current skilled shortages within industry groups were addressed and debated.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.informa.com.au/skillingoz14

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    Robert Row - Civil Contractors Federation - Practical insights to the future sustainability of the Civil construction sector Robert Row - Civil Contractors Federation - Practical insights to the future sustainability of the Civil construction sector Presentation Transcript

    • PRACTICAL INSIGHTS TO THE FUTURE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE CIVIL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ROBERT ROW, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
    • OVERVIEW ! Increasing new talent entering the industry: a holistic strategic approach ! Strategies for encouraging and establishing a more diverse workforce ! Promoting the retraining of mature age workers: opportunities of providing next generation training, mentoring and career development
    • THE CIVIL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ! Civil contractors are responsible for the construction and maintenance of Australia’s civil infrastructure including: ! roads ! bridges ! pipelines ! drainage ! ports and ! utilities. ! They also play a vital role in the residential and commercial building construction industry by providing earthmoving and land development services including the provision of power, water, communications and gas.
    • DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE INDUSTRY ! Civil constriction like many physical occupations has much earlier retirement ages for certain occupational groups than white collar occupations ! Senior members of the workforce are younger than some other industries ! 69% of the workforce = 20-44 years ! 15-24 years = low levels of entry ! Generally low levels of literacy and numeracy Source: SkillsDMC, NCVER
    • THE CHALLENGE OF THE INDUSTRY ! Ageing workforce ! Competition for labour ! A lack of recognition of civil construction careers as equal to traditional trades ! Community attitudes ! Not a first choice career option ! Limited pathways
    • CURRENT CONTEXT ! Male dominated ! 20-45 years ! Diversity in civil construction = increasing the number of: ! young people ! women ! indigenous ! mature aged ! The CCF QLD context: ! Total number of trainees = 801 ! ~2 % = women ! ~9.5 % = indigenous ! 14 % = under 20 years ! ~26% = over 44 years
    • OURVISION ! CCF: more than a peak body and industry trainer ! A life-long learning approach School/pre- employment in the civil construction industry Engagement programs Certificate II Early career in the civil construction industry Certificate III On the job training Other formal training Mid career in the civil construction industry Certificate IV On the job training Other formal training Late career in the civil construction industry Diploma Degree On the job training Other formal training
    • OURVISION ! CCF: more than a peak body and industry trainer ! A life-long learning approach School/pre- employment in the civil construction industry Engagement programs Certificate II Early career in the civil construction industry Certificate III On the job training Other formal training Mid career in the civil construction industry Certificate IV On the job training Other formal training Late career in the civil construction industry Diploma Degree On the job training Other formal training
    • NEW TALENT:THE CHALLENGE ! How do we: ! attract and retain new talent? ! attract the right people? ! retain young people that enter the industry? ! increase the completion rate of trainees? ! change community perceptions about the industry? ! change industry perceptions about young people?
    • WHAT WE KNOW ! Civil construction is not promoted by schools and career advisors as a first choice career option ! Entrants often commence in labour positions after falling out of other careers ! Young people use the industry as a stepping stone to other career options resulting in a retention issue ! Civil construction not seen as equal to traditional trades ! What is a road constructor after all? ! Community has a negative perception of road workers ! Road worker = leaning on a shovel and increasing your travel time ! Industry perception: young person = risk Source: SkillsDMC
    • CURRENTVET ENVIRONMENT
    • SHIFTING PERCEPTIONS ! Engagement and awareness ! schools and career advisors ! industry ! government ! students ! Effectively market the industry and make it a ‘sexy’ option ! Civil construction not just ‘road workers’ ! plant (earthmoving machinery) operator ! civil construction worker specialising in road or bridge construction or pipe laying ! foreman ! leading hand ! supervisor ! pipe layer ! civil engineer
    • THE USA EXPERIENCE ! Use of plant simulators to engage young people ! Provide for: ! a high level of student interaction ! an appreciation of the big picture ! Employer engagement
    • INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL CONSTRUCTION ! Aim ! To educate school students about the civil construction industry and the wide-range of career options available ! Target audience ! Students in years 10-12 ! Venue ! Civil Industry Training Centres which have state-of-the-art facilities !  5 hour program providing the opportunity to experience what operating plant (earthmoving machinery) is about on our simulators.They also explore our confined space and trench shoring facilities. !  Funded by CCF QLD
    • DOORWAYS 2 CIVIL CONSTRUCTION ! Funded by Construction Skills Queensland ! Successful completion results in: ! Certificate II Resources and infrastructure work preparation ! White Card ! 80 hours on onsite work experience ! 2013 = 99 students ! 2014 = 81 students
    • DIGITAL PATHWAYS PROJECT ! Aim ! To provide young people with a solid foundation of skill, knowledge and practical experience, which can articulate into a range of employment, vocational training and higher education courses ! Online learning tool ! Aimed at engaging young people
    • DIGITAL PATHWAYS PROJECT Digital Pathways Online Portal Registered Training Organisation School Community Group Job Network Agency
    • THE PROGRAM ! The pilot program has been conducted during 2014 ! 90 students from schools in ! Cairns ! Townsville ! Dalby ! Toowoomba ! Ipswich ! Browns Plains ! The student demographics include a broad cross-section of the local community including indigenous and female participants.
    • THE DEMOGRAPHICS SCHOOL NAME NUMBER OF MALE TRAINEES NUMBER OF FEMALE TRAINEES NUMBER OF INDIGENOUSTRAINEES WOREE STATE HIGH SCHOOL 7 0 1 BROWNS PLAINS STATE HIGH SCHOOL 6 0 1 DALBY STATE HIGH SCHOOL 13 1 0 IPSWICH STATE HIGH SCHOOL 19 0 3 KIRWAN STATE HIGH SCHOOL 16 1 1 TOOWOOMBA STATE HIGH SCHOOL 25 3 1 (female)
    • BRAYDEN Doorways 2 Civil Construction Work experience with CCF member Casual position with CCF member Permanent employment with CCF member Certificate III Plant operation 2013 2014 2016 WINNER ! Certificate II Resources and infrastructure work preparation trainee of the year ! CSQ Encouragement Award
    • WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION:THE CHALLENGE ! How do we: ! attract and retain new female talent? ! attract the right women? ! retain women that enter the industry? ! change community perceptions about the industry? ! change industry perceptions about women?
    • WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION ! Women = ! almost 46% of the Australia workforce ! ~12% of the construction workforce  ! ~12% of all Australian engineers ! Issues for women ! pay inequity – starting at graduate level ! first job male engineer = $57,000 ! first job female engineer = $55,000 ! barriers to career progression ! maternity leave ! child care and carers leave
    • WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS ! Designed to raise the profile of women working in the industry ! Encourage women to pursue and establish careers within the sector ! May have job ready elements which include workplace experience ! May target women who have left the workforce to start a family, long term unemployed and women who have a genuine interest in the industry ! Provide employment opportunities
    • NAWIC NEW START AWARD WINNER Completed Certificate I via CivSkills Program Winner of the NAWIC New Beginnings Award Permanent employed as a labourer Commenced a Certificate III in Plant operations
    • MORE ACTION NEEDED! ! Our trainees are only at ~2% therefore we know that more needs to be done ! We need to take action! ! CCF QLD previously delivered a WIC program with funding from Construction Skills Queensland ! Previously there has been a push but at the moment there is not much happening
    • INDIGENOUS WORKERS ! Queensland Government training policy ! Specific training requirements for indigenous workers in relation to work conducted for indigenous communities ! The Civil Start program in WA, which aims to promote and encourage sustainable employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the civil construction industry, is a great example ! Our training arm, Civil Train, has committed to training 300 candidates through Civil Start in the three years from 2012 to 2014
    • MATURE AGED WORKERS ! Much earlier retirement ages for certain occupational groups than white collar occupations ! The bulk of supervisor and operator workforce = 25-44 years age range with a sharp drop-off between 45-54 years ! Some return to the workforce between 55-64 years ! Two major issues ! retaining those already in the industry ! attracting new, mature aged talent Source: SkillsDMC
    • WAYNE Automotive mechanic apprenticeship Commenced contracting business Contracting business grew to 5 staff, 3 machines and 2 trucks Contracting business grew to 50 staff and a plant and truck fleet Sold contracting business Certificate IV Training and Assessment Commenced working as a trainer and assessor Civil Train Trainer and Assessor 1972 20141988 2009 20101992 2007
    • RESTART PROGRAMME ! Will help to provide incentives to employers in the civil construction industry ! From 1 July 2014, a payment of up to $10,000 will be available to employers who hire a mature age job seeker (including those on the Disability Support Pension) aged 50 years or over ! Will commence after the worker has been employed for at least six months and will be paid in instalments
    • SUMMARY ! Diversity being tackled as a whole issue in Queensland: ! youth ! women ! indigenous ! mature aged ! Making gains in some areas but more could be done in other ! Multi-pronged approach ! Focus on the big picture
    • THANKYOU