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28 June 2016

Esperance Try A Trade

    

     

Esperance Senior High School students in action

Last week Esperance Senior High School students attended a Try A Trade at the Esperance Trades Centre.

South Regional TAFE lecturers along with local MBA WA members spent three days giving students a hands on experience of the construction industry in carpentry, bricklaying and plumbing.

Students were able to learn skills in a trade and had the opportunity to ask questions about the building and construction industry to skills tradespeople currently working in the industry.

Thank you to everyone involved and congratulations to all students who took part!

For more information on the Try A Trade program, email inquiries@bcitf.org

 

13 June 2016

Career Corner - Lynda, Junior Contracts Administrator

We recently caught up with Lynda Beard, Junior Contracts Administrator at BE Projects about her career within the WA building and construction industry.

Tell us about your current role as Junior Contracts Administrator:

My day-to-day duties involve a lot of looking over plans! Ensuring the fine details are all included, and the costs match up. Cost control is a big part of my role and I also award contracts, which includes making sure the company or subcontractor the contract will go to has the scope to deliver what we require. I also do a lot of ordering, ensuring everything arrives on site when it needs to, this allows our subcontractors and site supervisors to get on with their jobs with no delays or interruptions.

Maintaining relationships is also a key part of my role, between ourselves, architects, clients and sub contractors. I absolutely love this part of the job and I'm lucky to work with such a talented group of people!

How did you get into your current job as Junior Contracts Administrator?

I started with BE Projects 5 years ago, there was just our Director Troy (King) at the time and he needed some help with data entry and reception.

Since then I have been lucky to grow in my role and be supported by Troy and BE Projects. I moved into the role of Tendering and then enrolled at Central Institute of Technology (now North Metropolitan TAFE) and completed a Certificate IV in Estimating as an apprenticeship in just over 2 years with the help of fantastic lecturers. This allowed me to progress into my current position.

Where would you like to be in your career in 5 years?

I would love to be a Site Supervisor. My current position supports our site supervisors and I think a natural progression would be putting this knowledge into practice in an on site role. I always enjoy going out on site so to work out there full time would be great.

In the short term I am about to undertake some further training to drop the 'Junior' off my title which is a really exciting step in my career!

What do you like about being involved in the WA construction industry?

The people! I work with some brilliant clients, subcontractors and colleagues. It makes my job so enjoyable every day. There is also so much opportunity out there, you can do anything you set your mind to.

What construction work does BE Projects do and what do you enjoy about working for them?

BE Projects work on commercial projects predominantly, with community centres, schools, sporting complexes, boutique apartments and even a monastery which was a fantastic project to be a part of! We also do architecturally designed homes, which is something I am currently working on. These are really enjoyable because of the close links with the client and the architect we have.

The mission statement for BE Projects is to be a 'Personalised Services for your Built Environment'. I think this really is key to what we do and what my job involves. We pride ourselves on the working relationships we have with all of our stakeholders, from clients to the shires we are working within.

Finally, what do you enjoy doing out of work?

I enjoy cooking, hiking and have taken part in the Oxfam Trailwalker a number of times which was really fun.

Otherwise gaining knowledge is really important to me, I enjoy learning and pushing myself to achieve the next step in my career goals.

10 June 2016

Career Corner

 

The Western Australian construction industry is big in scale and big in opportunities! That's why we will be looking at careers in construction and the people within it.

We will be publishing a monthly 'Career Corner' which will look at some real people in the industry, their  current roles, career pathway and future goals. The opportunities are endless.

 

07 June 2016

Career Information Centre

 

Artists impression of the Centre

Some big news for the Construction Training Fund!

The Board has finalised the acquisition of property in Belmont and is at the design phase with plans for a new Career Information Centre and Fund offices well advanced.

Construction of the facility will commence in the second half of 2016 with completion scheduled for the end of 2017. The new centre will offer an exciting and innovative career information program for thousands of Western Australian students and teachers once operational in 2017. It will be a space to get hands on experience of the construction industry as well as information and advice.

The Fund has been liasising with stakeholders to get industry and educators input into the important aspects to be included in the centre.

Stay tuned for updates.

02 June 2016

Stadium Site Tour and Focus Group

      

    

Yesterday we took a group of VET coordinators and career advocates on a tour of the New Perth Stadium facilitated by Brookfield Multiplex. This was an opportunity to experience a live construction project which is vast in scale - much like the industry itself.

The tour was followed by a focus group meeting which enabled the attendees to give their input on the industry, The Fund and also our new Career Information Centre which will open in late 2017.

The Career Information Centre will be based in Belmont and will be an information hub for school students to visit and gain an insight into the Western Australian construction industry and the opportunities available within it.

We received some fantastic insights and feedback that is vital in our planning and direction for the Centre.

We would like to thank the attendees and Terry and Luke at Brookfield Multiplex for facilitating such a fantastic tour.