That’s Not Just Good … It’s Super!

We did something extraordinary recently (even if we say so ourselves). It wasn’t easy and it has generated some polarised views. We had to go to ‘court’ for the right to do it and it required a State Commission to pass judgment on it. It went to the basis of what we really mean by equity. We decided to pay our female staff more superannuation than their male counterparts – a further 1% of their salary to be precise.

On the face of it this is discrimination in its own right which is why we required clearance from both the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) and the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland.

So why do it? Well I believe it’s the right thing to do. There is an argument by some that the pay differential doesn’t really exist because men and women are generally paid the same for the same job. The broader consideration of this is that women, in general, have considerable time away from the workplace either in the form of maternity and/or carers leave, or returning as part-time or casual workers. Coupled with this, women are over-represented in low paid and part-time/casual work.

The ability therefore for women to accrue sufficient superannuation to secure a comfortable retirement is placed in jeopardy as a result. Compounding the equity impact is the reality that time away from the workplace affects promotion potential.

Working outside the system means the grip on networks, the prevailing political landscape and knowledge of potential opportunities is compromised.

We know from research that the informal system is the exoskeleton through which upward progress is made in business. If you are not on the inside you are by default on the outside. The route to seniority or partner is made so much harder, especially when returning from having a baby and having to balance competing demands (skills borne out of necessity, by the way, that are of huge value in the corporate world).

So if you are a believer in gender equity in the workplace and want to do something substantial about it, consider levelling the playing field by paying your female staff more superannuation. They will return this appreciation of their contribution in the workplace in ways that far out-weigh the additional cost.

If you are a small corporation and think this is only possible in the large corporate world think again. We are a small to medium enterprise. We value the contribution of our female team members every bit as much as we do our men. To do so in a meaningful and authentic way is what counts. I can’t think of a more robust endorsement of the importance of equity in the workplace than assisting women to return to work in the most flexible manner possible and making-up in some small way for lost time out of the labour market.

Not all agree of course. When we commenced our differential superannuation contributions this April we became the third company in Australia to do so. It’s an important issue. The Australian Human Rights Commission thinks so and so do we. Wouldn’t it be super if this became standard business practice?


Trading Up

You have bounced out of bed before the alarm; the excitement of new horizons is greater than your need for sleep. You are ready. More ready for this than anything you have ever done before. It’s finally here. The day you start studying the Degree or Apprenticeship of your dreams.

You have survived the endless advice from your family, friends, teachers, and mentors. If you are heading to university it may be that people are questioning your choice of degree or university.

However, announcing that “I’m doing an Apprenticeship”, is often interpreted by the listener as “I’d like to be interrogated about why I’m not going to university”. For those of you smiling at that comment- read on!

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)1 in 2016 found that 77.6 per cent of apprentices and trainee graduates were employed after completion of their studies. For university graduates in 20152, measured in the four months post degree completion, only 68.8 per cent had found employment3.

According to the website Trade Risk4 the highest paid tradespeople in 2016 were those in the electrical field, earning on average $85,000.00. According to the website PayScale5, as at October 2016, the average wage for a Civil Engineer is $71,395.00.

Considering the higher rates of employment for apprentices, the ability to earn while they learn and not having to pay study fees, is an apprenticeship really that bad?

You can study at university, incur a large student debt, have a lower chance of finding employment and, when you do find employment, the wages you hoped for won’t be realised for quite some time. Or, you could follow your dream of getting a trade, earn a wage while learning your trade, have a better chance of finding employment and have a higher earning potential than your university counterparts.

The message here is not that apprenticeships are better than degrees. The message is that you should follow your passion. Research your options and choose the one that gets you bouncing out of bed every morning. Don’t make a choice on perceived financial rewards and employment prospects. Things are not always what they seem.

  1. https://www.ncver.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/62143/Total-VET-graduate-outcomes-2016.pdf
  2. Data for 2016 is not yet available
  3. http://www.graduatecareers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/GCA_GradStats_2015_FINAL.pdf
  4. https://www.traderisk.com.au/how-much-do-tradies-earn
  5. http://www.payscale.com/research/AU/Job=Attorney_%2f_Lawyer/Salary

All websites accessed on 6th February 2017.


Phil Diver brings Innovation & Creativity to CTC

CTC’s CEO Phil Diver was featured in the January edition of CEO Magazine.  You can download the full interview to read about how CTC and Phil Diver are injecting innovation and creativity into the training precinct to deliver a greater working environment for our clients.

Here is an extract of the story …

Since 1994, the Construction Training Centre (CTC) has been an important resource to Queenslanders, allowing for the delivery of high-quality training programs to upskill workers in the building and construction industry. Set on a 12-hectare campus, the organisation has purpose-built training facilities and equipment available for lease or short-term hire.

Phil Diver has been CEO of CTC since his appointment in 2006. Coming from a background in health, private equity, and consulting in Europe and the Middle East, Phil brings a fresh perspective to operations, and is always looking to ramp up the company’s innovation and creativity.

“In the kind of business that we run, you could argue about whether you really can be different, innovative, and exciting,” he says. “I have found that yes, you can. I really value the concept of creativity and getting that out of our team. If you’re in a creative industry, it is easy to innovate, but how do you do it in the seemingly staid environment of commercial leasing? Well, every place can have creativity, and we’ve demonstrated here exactly how you can do that.”

Phil understands through solid experience that a company has to have good, strong financial systems, policies, and procedures, but he also firmly believes that innovation and creativity need to be in the mix no matter what industry you’re in, and that they should never be overlooked.

“No one’s going to say, ‘We don’t want creativity’, but how you actually promote it and think outside the square is really important,” he says. “Our point of difference is really about the things that make people want to come here, and you can only attract those people if you have team members coming up with fresh ideas.”

You can download the full interview below…

http://www.theceomagazine.com/business/phil-diver/


Read our Annual Report

On behalf of the Board and Management of The Construction Training Centre, I am pleased to present the Annual Report for 2014/2015.

A $498,000 profit was returned which is an increase of 83% over the previous financial year.

This result reflects the good governance of our Board and executive management team. The general economic climate is still challenging and the industrial leasing sector continues to face head winds as excess capacity and sluggish demand continues to depress rental yields.

That said, CTC’s move to a more collaborative approach is proving its worth as we have maintained and renewed the vast majority of tenants by being flexible to meet their changing needs.

Despite being a not for profit company, it is important that we maintain profitability so we can meet our capital replacement needs and build the sinking fund for the long-term replacement of the built assets.

CTC can attribute a good deal of its success to strong governance from the Board of Directors and a stable and effective leadership team which places a premium on setting a strong foundation of quality, safety, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and creativity. It is this passion that creates the special “feel” that is CTC and continues to be recognised as a vibrant industry hub.

We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and this year for the first time we will not be printing the annual report, distributing it in digital format instead. Recognising there is still a carbon cost in producing this report, we will plant a tree for each of the reports we might otherwise have printed.

Peter Lyons, Chairman

Click on the link to read the report on line.

 


Outstanding Achievement Award winner visits Hot Leasing

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Amanda Pennycook with CTC Training Enterprise Manager Peter Walker

Congratulations to Amanda Pennycook, winner of the prestigious Judges’ Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 CSQ Excellence Awards held recently.

Amanda joined the industry in 1988 as a gyprock plasterer working alongside her father. After 7 years of plastering she decided to reskill herself and try her hand at rendering and painting.

Since then she has worked on over 35 major projects including Q1, Chevron Towers, Oracle on Broadbeach, Madison Towers Brisbane and Jupiters Casino with Usher & Son, a painting, rendering and signage contractor located on the Gold Coast.

Following the completion of her studies last year she was promoted to the position of Workplace Health and Safety Officer. She continues to hold a number of other roles including working at heights team coordinator, project manager, assistant return to work coordinator and external foreman across all major projects.  She is also official mentor to Usher & Sons’ apprentices and female employees.

“We were extremely impressed with Amanda’s achievements in this male dominated industry, particularly in the high risk area,” CTC CEO Phil Diver said.

“Knowing she is serious about ensuring her workers are properly trained to work in a high risk environment, we were very keen to invite Amanda out to see our state of the art Hot Leasing facility, especially the height related structures and equipment,” he added.

CTC was delighted when Amanda accepted our invite to view the Hot Leasing facility. Training Enterprise Manager, Peter Walker explained the benefits of being trained on quality equipment that simulates a real work environment. She was extremely impressed with the Swing Stage, Work at Heights and Rope Access structures, adding that they provided a high quality that is second to none.

“My goal is to have all our staff trained at this facility in the near future,” Amanda said.

CTC has been a proud sponsor at the CSQ Excellence Awards for the 20 years they have been in existence.

“Not only do the awards recognise the outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals in our industry, they allow sponsors and award winners to connect to their mutual advantage”, Phil said.

CTC looks forward to welcoming Usher & Son workers into Hot Leasing in the future. Our state of the art equipment combined with our quality partnering RTOS will ensure their workers will be well-trained to work in a risky environment.


Boost in development projects builds need for trained and skilled workers

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A bevvy of new development projects in the works for South-East Queensland has raised demand for trained and skilled workers across the construction and building industry.

Large scale projects such as the $150 million Brisbane Airport Hotels and Conference Centre, the $800 million master planned West Village project at West End, and $2 billion Queens Wharf integrated resort bring opportunities for skilled workers.*

The Queens Wharf project will inject 3,000 new construction industry related jobs alone into the Brisbane economy.

With the expected growth in demand for skilled training, CTC can provide organisations or individual workers with world class training facilities and equipment to conduct specialist industry training, all in the one place.

To find out more about CTC and how we assist in the development and training of workers, visit this link to watch our video – https://youtu.be/fQEfs_mf8do.

*Source: https://brisbanedevelopment.com/


Careers Australia Motor Sport Day

Love the rev of an engine? Do you dream about being a big time race car driver? Well Careers Australia has just the event for you!

Careers Australia are holding a Motor Sport Day this Saturday, the 19th of September from 11 AM to 3 PM at their Salisbury campus here at CTC.

The event will showcase Hot Rods, Drift Cars, Speedway Cars, Off-road cars, a Formula 5000 race car and burnout cars for those who are motoring enthusiasts.

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Drag racing legend Peter Bray from the Bray Racing Team will be attending, and talking about his experience in the racing industry.

Travis Rosewarne, Automotive Trainer from Careers Australia, believes the event will be a great success.

“We are hoping for around 500 people to attend the event, and hopefully it will get people interested in the automotive trade”, he said.

Travis discussed the reason behind the creation of the event. Capture

“We found there is a big attrition rate among apprentices actually departing the trade. They feel like there is nothing else that can be done once they finish their training. We wanted to show them the different things they can aspire to do”, he said.

“Having people like Peter Bray and Ken James (Formula 5000 Driver) at the event will show what you can become in the trade, and the different areas you can get into”, he said.

Travis hopes people will be excited to attend and become interested in a career in the automotive industry.

“It’s just a cool way to showcase all the different things that are happening in this industry, in a unique environment”, he said.

“You don’t ever get to see all the cars we have on display in the same spot, at the same time”, Travis said.

A pit crew challenge will take place at 1 PM, where all who dare can test their skills at removing, rotating, and refitting wheels the fastest, in order to win 2 tickets to a Careers Australia
Advanced Technical training night.

All are welcome to attend, whether you are in the industry, or just enjoy looking at racing cars.

So keep this Saturday free, and head down to Careers Australia’s building at CTC for the thrill of a lifetime!

For more information visit the Motor Sport Day website

 

 


Lifting Skills Fly the Flag

Suicide among construction workers has become a growing concern over the past decade and this year, Lifting Skills, with the support of MATES in Construction are Flying a Flag for the cause.

MATES in Construction is a charity that was established in 2008 to reduce the growing level of suicides in the Australian construction industry.

The organisation is based on the idea that “suicide is everyone’s business” and that it is the role of everyone in the construction industry to improve the mental health and well-being of workers, and reduce the number of suicides.

This year 252 construction sites, offices and workplaces are Flying the Flag for MIC as a sign of their commitment to playing their part to reduce the number of suicides in construction.

On the 10th of September 2015, Lifting Skills, a tenant of CTC, will Fly a Flag off one of their cranes in support of the cause.

Matt Shuker, General Manager of Lifting Skills Brisbane believes that getting involved was of high priority for their company. ls

“CTC is a large site, with lots of people from all over the construction industry. I think it’s a great way to spread the word about such an important issue”, he said.

When asked why he thought the issue was of such high importance, he had a great deal to say.

“People in construction are often isolated in their working environments and are away from their friends and families for 3-4 weeks at a time, and it gets to them. Sometimes when they come back on their time off, there are a lot of people around, which is really confronting. It’s a lonely process,” he said.

“Traditionally construction is full of grumpy men, and when someone is already feeling lost and everyone around them is acting tough and grumpy, it makes it difficult to speak up,” he said.

“I had a personal experience where I helped a close work colleague who was dealing with mental health issues, and I saw first hand what can happen. He’s doing really well now, which I think is great,” he said.

Matt also had some ideas on what more could be done to support the cause.

“There need to be regular forums in a relaxed environment where everyone starts to feel comfortable talking about their issues,” he said. “MATES in Construction enable that to happen”.

CTC will also be flying a flag in their office to show their support.

Lifting Skills will host a BBQ on the day, where all gold coin donations will go directly to MIC.

For more information visit: www.matesinconstruction.org.au

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Hot Leasing 12 months on …

It’s now 12 months since the Minister launched Hot Leasing so we thought it was time to take a snapshot of how far Hot Leasing has come.

To date there are 30 approved Hot Leasing agreements with registered training organisations delivering high risk work licensing training in forklift, EWP, scaffolding, swing stage and asbestos removal as well as safety courses in work at heights, rope access and rescue and confined space.

As well as South East Queensland and wider Queensland, Hot Leasing has drawn RTOs from Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.  Some have even taken up residence at CTC as new tenants!

Usage has been cyclical, in keeping with industry trends.  Early on, EWP and asbestos removal were in high demand while more recently swing stage and heights training have kicked on.  Forklift has remained consistent. We have capacity to do more however.

Unfortunately we have not been able to secure the interest from industry to invest in dogging and rigging but talks continue with RTOs in that space.  The partnership with our tenant Lifting Skills to offer access to crane training remains strong but we could do more in this space.

Overall, Hot Leasing has been a success and continues to improve.  We are exceeding our breakeven point for the financial year and are ahead of our business plan usage level.

“As the only facility of its kind in Queensland and Australia, Hot Leasing represents a unique opportunity for RTOs to access state of the art training equipment and structures specifically designed for high risk work licensing and safety training, right in the centre of Brisbane”, Phil Diver, CEO of CTC said.

“That said, at times we have had to forge ahead with no other model for guidance. We are always open to suggestions about how we can improve on our model to make it easier to use and used more frequently”, he added.

Realising that industry is doing it tough at the moment we are looking at how we can respond.  We plan to send out a survey shortly seeking views. In the meantime we’re offering an of Financial Year Promotion, details of which you can read here.

Hot Leasing and RTOs…we think this is an unbeatable combination.


Terms & Conditions for EOFY Special Offers

These Terms & Conditions apply to the End of Financial Year special offers for Hot Leasing

  1. The “$175 a day until the end of the financial year” promotion means an existing Hot Leasing client is eligible for a 50% discount off the normal daily rate for their nominated Hot Leasing area.
  2. The “If you’re a new customer – the first hire is free” promotion means if you’re a new Hot Leasing customer, your first booking is free.
  3. The new customer deal is only available to RTO’s who have not previously entered into a Hot Leasing agreement, whether the facility has been used or not.
  4. Both promotions are only available for Hot Leasing training delivered during the months of May and June 2015.
  5. Bookings for both promotions must be confirmed and taken up in May or June 2015.
  6. In the case of the 50% discount deal, bookings must be paid in full before being taken up in May or June 2015.
  7. This is a limited time offer available for Hot Leasing use only.
  8. Not available with any other offer.
  9. No further discounts apply.
  10. Must be a registered Hot Leasing customer – i.e. must have signed a Hot Leasing Agreement.
  11. If you are not already a Hot Leasing customer, you will be required to sign a Hot Leasing Agreement before access will be allowed to the facility.
  12. On signing a Hot Leasing Agreement and prior to using the Hot Leasing area, the RTO and/or training and assessment staff will be required to undertake a site induction which takes about 45 minutes. RTOs will then be responsible for providing the site induction to their staff and students.
  13. For each and every booking, a Booking Request is required from the RTO to establish a booking in the Hot Leasing area. The Booking Request will include the RTO’s business details and contacts as well as such information as ABN; National RTO registration number; and licenses held by staff and/or contractors relevant to the training being undertaken. If the Request is accepted, a booking confirmation will be sent to the RTO. CTC, at its sole discretion, will determine whether an RTO can operate from the Hot Leasing facility. The RTO is not permitted to transfer or assign their booking to another RTO, person or entity.