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New construction microskills courses


The Institute of Applied Technology Construction (IATC), a partnership between TAFE NSW, CPB Contractors and Western Sydney University, has announced three new microskills to its course offerings as well as fee-free training places for women.

These microskills, co-designed with industry experts, are online, bite-sized and self-directed courses focused on topics critical for building capability in the construction sector. The new additions cover essential topics for both present and future industry demands: Introduction to Women in Construction, Introduction to Sustainability in Construction, and The Role of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Construction.

As part of its ongoing efforts to encourage more women to kickstart a career in construction or upskill in their current role, the IATC is also providing 60 fee-free training spots in its microcredential courses.

This initiative responds to the pressing need for more skilled workers in Australia’s construction industry, which currently faces a shortage of over 100,000 workers. Applications for the Women in Construction Scholarships, delivered by the IATC, are now open.

CPB Contractors NSW and ACT general infrastructure manager Rob Monaci said as the pipeline of infrastructure continued to grow, particularly with the focus on housing and new energy, the need for more skilled workers becomes an industry-wide issue.

“We need to be doing more to attract people at all stages of their careers to transition into fulfilling careers in construction, particularly women,” he said.

The microcredential courses take eight weeks to complete, can be completed online or face-to-face and provide industry-specific skills recognised as evidence of competence.

Women in Construction Scholarship courses are aimed at high-growth areas, including:

  • Project Management Foundations in Construction
  • Introduction to Project Scope Management in Construction
  • Project Risk Management in Construction
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Management in Construction
  • Quality Management in Construction
  • 2D CAD Drawings and 3D Models in Construction
  • Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Construction
  • Microsoft Office Foundations in Construction
  • Power BI Fundamentals in Construction.

Institute of Applied Technology operations director Helen Fremlin encouraged women interested in a career in construction to take advantage of the free microcredential courses and said they promote a practical learning journey.

“Whether you choose online or face-to-face, these microcredentials include regular educator-led sessions,” she said.

“These draw on industry specific examples, tasks and case studies to give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills directly with the support of educators.”

“Part of the eligibility process requires women to complete two microskill courses.”

Rob said the introduction of the three new microskills would attract new entrants to the workforce who were passionate about the role diversity, sustainability and digital technology plays in building the game-changing infrastructure projects set to roll out across our cities and regions.

TAFE NSW and Training Services NSW are also inviting young women in schools and parents across the state to register for a ‘Girls in Trade’ virtual event on 22 May 2024. Participants will learn about different careers and study pathways for young women to consider in construction.


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