• New Building Training Policy released

    The new Government Building Training (GBT) Policy was released on 1 October 2015 and aims to better support the Government’s commitment to a sustainable local supply of skilled workers.

    The new policy, which replaces the Priority Start - Building Policy, will promote investment in construction apprentices and trainees to meet the current and future needs of the building and construction industry.

    Government agencies are responsible for managing the requirements of the policy. It applies to all government building, construction, and maintenance contracts with a labour value exceeding $2 million, or a total project value of approximately $6 million and above.

    Head contractors must now employ construction apprentices and trainees to meet a ‘target training rate’, rather than a pre-set number of apprentices as the old policy stipulated. From 1 October, 11.5 percent of head contractors’ construction trades workers must be apprentices and trainees.

    However, there is more flexibility for the contractors – the required levels of apprentices and trainees are averages measured quarterly throughout the financial year. Also, the head contractors’ and their subcontractors’ existing apprentices working on the contract can be included in meeting the target.

    Every quarter (at the end of June, September, December and March) the head contractor must send a Total Training Rate Report to the GBT Policy Officer. This report will be available to contractors on the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) website along with templates and lists of trades occupations that apply under the GBT Policy.

    What this means for cost managers, lead consultants, planners and quantity surveyors is that the calculation for apprentices and trainees, and the allocation of funds to the Apprentice Management Program from Department of Finance projects, will no longer be required and can be removed from all cost planning templates.

    Head contractors may incur sanctions if they fail to comply with the GBT Policy. These will be enforced by the GBT Policy Officer, and project managers will be involved only if their assistance or advice is required. For more information on this matter or for further information regarding the Apprentice Management Program, please contact GBTPolicy@finance.wa.gov.au.

    If you have any queries regarding the Cost Management Services Panel , please contact BMWProcurementServices@finance.wa.gov.au