The ConX Blog

5 ways to increase construction apprenticeship completion rates

Last week a report was released detailing an over 30% amount drop since 2011 in the numbers of currently enrolled construction trades training and apprenticeships, and a warning of a shortage of 300,000 tradies over the next decade as a potential consequence. This poses a risk to the current workforce also, with construction jobs planned for housing and infrastructure projects possibly shelved due to the risk associated.

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Technological Innovation in Construction

The resource boom in Australia had a hugely positive impact on the construction sector - there was an enormous inflow of international capital, foreign investments, skilled migrant labour – as well as its associated expertise – and new materials and applications.As the boom fades, so too will the benefits it brought. Let’s shift our focus to the benefits of the future and explore the role technological innovation is playing to reshape how the sector operates from a process, product, materials and services perspective.

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Building boom is creating a skills shortage

Australia’s residential building boom is breaking all the records and shows no sign of slowing down.  In fact, the construction trade is boosting overall economic figures and is increasing at a rate of 15.6 per cent year-on-year. According to The Master Builders Chief Economist, Peter Jones “we have now reached a milestone in terms of dwelling commencements which in the year to March reached an all time record of 203,706 with an increase of 15.6 per cent year-on-year.”

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Australia’s new Apprentice Training

We recently wrote a blog post on the approach to building a career in construction through the traditional “apprenticeship” channels, however, after taking a trip out west to St. Ives last week, our eyes have since been opened to a new, innovative approach that is sure to reshape how training is conducted in the construction industry forever.

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The Demand for Building & Construction Workers is BOOMING

42,500 new jobs have been added to the building sector in the past two years, taking employment levels in the sector to their highest record. The Residential building sector is the major driver with NSW a standout winner getting almost 30,000 of these jobs.

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Building & Construction Businesses Win in the 2015 Budget

We’ve been eagerly awaiting Abbot’s 2015 budget, and with over 300,000 small businesses operating in the building and construction industry, more than in any other industry, we’ve definitely come out on top this year.

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Female Tradies Enter the Trade Industry

Women who work in trades are not princesses, says carpentry apprentice Juliette Liddle. ''The princesses don't make it,'' she laughs.

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An overview of the Australian Construction Industry

Ever wondered how ConX works? Here is a how and why of the Australian construction industry and how ConX fits into it.

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Trade apprentices on the A team to solve the skills shortage

"Our kids need the freedom and support at school to choose a career in the trades without feeling like they're playing on the B team for not deciding to go to uni,"  - Federal Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley

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