According to statistics from The Australian Department of Employment there is a shortage of trade workers across the construction industry, in most states and territories.
Since the upturn in construction, concern has been mounting that not enough people are choosing to enter the construction industry. This gave rise to fears that productivity in the industry would be severely impacted and because construction is one of the major pillars of our economy, this would have a serious negative effect on the entire nation.
That is why initiatives such as the trade training centres which have been set up at various Catholic schools in Newcastle are being welcomed.
At the beginning of May the $7 million vocational education and training schools has been officially opened by New South Wales Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos.
Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese’s education officer Lyndelle Neville said of the new facility,
“St Paul’s Booragul has a new hospitality facility and a new construction facility,” she said.
“St Francis Xavier delivers nine VET subjects, and there was additional funding put in to enhance the courses that were currently run there at the time.
The initiative would benefit everyone with Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese research showing that on-the-job training and experience is key to getting a job after school. It would also help ease the region’s skills shortages.
Read more about it here.
Don’t Forget Your White Card
Young people who have completed vocational training and plan on entering the construction industry must not forget that they first need to complete General Construction Safety Training in the form of The White Card.
The federal government has mandated this training for anyone whose job takes them to a construction site regularly including apprentice workers and trainees in the construction trades.
The White Card mandate not only benefits the industry as a whole, because it minimises injuries, time lost due to injuries and illnesses, loss of productivity and costs associated with destruction caused by accidents but it also ensures that workers are prepared for the work they will undertake, minimising the risk of them presenting a danger to themselves or others.
How to Get Your White Card
The best (most convenient and affordable) way of completing White Card training is online.
The online White Card offered by us is recognised nationally, so no matter which state or territory you live in, or plan to work, you can complete the course online and start work asap.
Simply follow these 3 Steps
- Register online and pay by credit card
- Start the course by reviewing the material and completing the assessments
- Send us a copy of your ID, together with your signed declaration form.
Then just wait for your White Card in the mail. Once your documents are received, your White Card is dispatched within a few days and you can start your new life in a rewarding and challenging industry.