Building & Construction Industry Training Fund (BCITF)

This Weeks Episode of Home in WA

Email:
inquiries@bcitf.org

Website:
http://www.bcitf.org

Phone:
08 9381 3900

Fax:
08 9338 8902

Address:
55 Salvado Road
Subiaco WA 6008

One of THE big talking points in Australian society is the question of the lack of skilled workers in the workforce. Certainly in the area of building construction, it's pretty tough getting a brickie, an electrician, a roof tiler.

So we've been pursuing this topic with a body in WA that was set up precisely to encourage more young people to consider a career in the Building and Construction Industry through an apprenticeship and a trade as a worth alternative to formal tertiary education.

The Building and Construction Industry Training Fund, known as the BCITF, was established in 1990 to collect a small training levy from all construction projects in WA.

The BCITF's charter is to improve the quality of training and increase the number of skilled workers in the industry.

A major career promotion program was launched by the BCITF late last year. The program promotes careers in the building and construction industry as a great first-choice option, to school students, parents and educators. Panels of industry speakers are now presenting the challenging and rewarding opportunities available to young people in the industry.

The BCITF has introduced a number of new initiatives to encourage school students to pursue a career in the industry. These include a scholarship of $250 for students who successfully complete a pre apprenticeship course in the building and construction trades. And an employer who employs a person as an apprentice who has a pre apprenticeship qualification will receive a $500 subsidy in addition to the existing $9,000 BCITF grant.

More information is available by contacting the BCITF on 9381 3900