The state government has signed a memorandum of understanding with building and construction bodies to boost employment in the sector by 25 per cent over four years.
Premier Peter Gutwein, Skills and Training Minister Sarah Courtney, and Construction Minister Michael Ferguson met with representatives from the Master Builders Association, the Housing Industry Association, and the Civil Contractors Federation on Wednesday.
Also represented at the Skills Roundtable meeting was Keystone, the state's former building industry training board.
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Mr Ferguson said the signed MOU resulting from the meeting had committed the government to support more workers joining the construction industry,
Part of the agreement included the provision of $8 million to MBA and CCF, and $1 million to the HIA, to provide marketing, outreach programs to schools to attract young people to the industry, and apprenticeship programs.
"We need 25 per cent more workers in this industry," he said.
"This is a shared challenge - not just for government, but also the private sector.
"We estimate that we will need another 6500 skilled workers across the building and construction disciplines between now and 2025."
HIA state executive director Stuart Collins said the meeting allowed the body to outline the specific skills and training needed in the residential construction industry to meet current and future demand as well as outline barriers to workforce development.
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