Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney and Member for Monbulk James Merlino visited Box Hill Institute’s Lilydale campus to announce $2.9 million workforce training innovation funding for two new projects which will develop and deliver core skills for aspiring construction workers.
The two projects involve the development of VRQA accredited diploma and course in Prefabricated Building Systems (Timber) and an Advanced Diploma in Building Information Modelling. Both Ministers stated the BHI projects will assist in putting Victoria at the forefront of pre-fabricated timber construction technologies and BIM processing. These new pilot projects will help meet industry demand for project managers and tradespeople with skills in offsite construction using the latest manufactured products and methods and to manage complex information across teams involving architects, building designers, engineers, contractors and specialist contractors, facilities managers and trades.
Tony Watson, Executive Manager for Business Development and Acting Dean stated the “level of support received by industry in the development of these courses clearly shows a real demand and acknowledgement for addressing emerging skills in businesses who are looking into the future”.
Both projects have been backed and support by enterprises from a range of business typologies big and small from tier 1 international contractors to innovative SMEs at a local level. Enrolments are planned for enrolments in early-mid 2019.