Master Builders Association focused on the future

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Builders from around the region left their work boots at home and dressed to impress for this year’s building awards.

Master Builders Association of NSW president Ross Mitchell opened the night with the Master Builders take on the future of the industry.

Statistics indicate building and construction is going from strength to strength in NSW. - Master Builders Assocation of NSW president Ross Mitchell

“Non-complying building products, the industry’s aging workforce,    future skills and apprentice training, and technological changes are but a few challenges which will confront our industry,” he said.

Master Builders calculations predict that 300,000 new skilled workers will be required nationally by the end of the decade while 30,000 skilled workers will leave the industry annually due to retirement or career change.

“The current apprenticeship system will in no way satisfy the retirement rate of trades people, and will leave a major shortage of future trades,” Mr Mitchell said.

“It is critical that we as builders encourage our contractors and tradespeople, to embrace the engagement of apprentices and that we push to make our industry the first choice career move.”

Non-complying building products are expected to have an impact. There are no concessions offered where a builder unknowingly uses or provides a defective product or material.

It’s not all negative with emerging digital technology having the potential to save time, raise productivity and lower costs while enabling builders to better meet customers expectations. 

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