Farewell Mr Ian Hill
Mr Ian Hill has been the Chairman of the Building and Construction Industry Training (BCIT) Board since 20 June 2003. Ian’s term of appointment on the Board ends of 31 January 2020 and he has served in the role as Board Chair for over 16 years. Mr Hill has served in the public sector for 49 years which included the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Corrective Services and Director General of the Western Australian Department of Training and Employment. Ian has served with distinction and has shown exceptional leadership in his role as the Board Chair. We wish him well and all the very best for the future. On behalf of the building and construction industry of Western Australia we thank him for his service. It is anticipated that the Hon Sue Ellery MLC, Minister for Education and Training will be announcing the appointment of the new Chair over the coming weeks.
Building and Construction Industry Training Board changes
In 2019, CTF underwent the five-year Statutory Review which was conducted by Mr Jim Walker. Mr Walker took over the role following the sudden passing of Mr John Kobelke. One of the recommendations arising from the Statutory Review was that the Board numbers be increased by two and these positions be filled by nominations from persons actively involved in building and construction from the oil and gas sector and the mining sector.
Employer Grant Review
During the first half of 2020, CTF is planning to undertake a review of the current employer grant system as the existing payment structure has been in place for several years. To assist in this review, CTF will be establishing a working group of industry advisors so they can have direct input into this review. Direct indenture employers and group training organisations will be contacted to seek their involvement. The review is seeking to canvas views about the frequency of payments as well as reviewing whether there is a need to have different rates for those ‘at risk’ trades or those who have low commencement rates. The findings from this review will be provided to the BCIT Board for their consideration. Stakeholders will be kept appraised of this development as it moves forward.