SKILLS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CONCRETE
29th Our World in Concrete and Structures (OWICs) - 2004
J. Bagnara*, Civil Construction Skills and Technology Centre, Australia
The concrete industry is always struggling to recruit new workers and workers
who will remain in the industry and develop their skills. The concrete industry
currently has an ageing work force and finds it extremely difficult to attract new
workers to carry out steel fixing and to place and finish concrete. The sub standard and poor quality of work is a result of being unable to engage suitable interested persons to undertake such an important and rewarding process in the construction of structures. It has always puzzled me how such an important process in the construction of bridges, skyscrapers, residential and commercial foundations, dams, roads, and commercial and industrial structures has a poor image and seen as an unskilled labour task. I have many employers who continually request new workers and one particular employer approached me to specifically recruit and undertake a course for his company. The aim of these courses was to recruit new persons for the
industry and to lift the profile and importance of concrete construction within the building and construction industry.