Sun 05 Aug 2018

State Government Funds CCF CSC Program

The Civil Contractors Federation Victoria (CCF) is committed to building the capacity and capability of the civil construction sector in this State.

Accounting for almost 240,000 jobs and 8.2 per cent of Victoria’s workforce, the construction sector contributes $21.6 billion annually to the economy and is vital to our states future.

The Victorian State Government has announced a $1.925m investment under its’ Workforce Training & Innovation Fund, Skills First initiative, towards the development and delivery of a new Civil Skills Cadetship (CSC) Program over the next 2-year period, targeting 120 new cadets seeking a career in civil construction.

CCF Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer, John Kilgour, said, “attracting and retaining the next generation of civil contractors is now critically needed to meet the unprecedented level of major infrastructure work that will drive our long term social and economic growth in this State. With nearly 17% of the civil construction workforce retiring within the next 10 years, we welcome this government funding announcement and commitment as we work collaboratively, with both Government and industry partners, in addressing this skills gap, while creating career pathways for job seekers within our community”.

A new initiative developed by CCF as the lead industry organisation and delivery supported by educational institutions including the Gordon, the Civil Skills Cadetship program will be undertaken by cadets in 4 distinct stages integrating national units of competency that are required to work in the civil construction industry. Learning events that industry has identified as necessary, has been added to the program, including “on the job” industry support and mentoring. The stages and structure of the CSC Program is an adaptation of the Civil Skills Training Package and this “type” of program has not been delivered in the past and presents a significant change for the way civil skills training is delivered.

Kilgour further stated, “the CSC program is a civil construction industry led solution in direct response to our industries’ needs where we will work with industry partners to select, recruit, train and support new entry level workers to confidently commit to undertaking a Certificate III in Civil Construction and gain sustainable employment as an apprentice with a civil industry employer.”