A National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report predicts that only 47 per cent of students who enrolled in a Certificate I or above Vocational Education and Training (VET) program in 2016 will complete their program.
Disappointingly, the projected completion rate for architecture and building programs is even lower, at just 33 per cent.
The figures in the August report are particularly worrying when there is a massive skills shortage and increasing demand for qualified tradespeople.
Companies, governments and individuals investing in training want a far greater return. Master Builders Association Victoria (MBAV) knows this well and has been serving the building and construction industry through its Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for more than 20 years.
As robotics, artificial intelligence and software platforms are increasingly incorporated in building and construction business processes, workers of the future will require more than just technical skills. MBAV engaged early with industry at all levels to understand the need for ‘future-skilling’, and launched the Building Leadership Simulation Centre (BLSC) in Melbourne. The BLSC has trained 5,500 students in leadership habits, conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, high-performance teaming, managing difficult conversations and critical thinking, among other behavioural and soft-skills programs.
Independent research has shown that skills learned during simulation training are transferred to the workplace and used long after training programs were attended. Participants have consistently rated this training at between 4.6 and 5 (out of a possible 5) across all BLSC programs.
Master Builders Victoria’s RTO and BLSC continue to forge ahead in relevant industry training. Let us help your business to lead and succeed by empowering your people with cutting edge industry training – for now and the future.