Construction Futures Centre opens in Belmont

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery tries out the virtual reality technology at the centre.
Industry representatives and employers attended the official opening.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery tries out the virtual reality technology at the centre. Industry representatives and employers attended the official opening.

MORE school-aged children will be encouraged to consider a career in construction after the official opening of the Construction Futures Centre in Belmont.

The centre was built by the Construction Training Fund (CTF) and includes a range of interactive exhibits which use virtual reality, videos and games, integrated with real life examples of maths, science, design and technology.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery attended the opening todayalongside industry representatives and employers.

CTF executive director Alan Jackson said the concept for the building was to give students an understand of the building and construction industry before they left school.

“We are aiming to bring through Year 5 and 6 students through to Year 12 student plus apprentices and for career development for existing tradespeople,” he said.

“The centre will give them an appreciation of the pathways, there are so many pathways that people can choose to take, they can go into project management, site supervisor, you don’t necessarily need to be a carpenter or bricklayer.

“First of all, it’s about getting the kids interested in building and construction and for those in the industry it gives them a sense that they aren’t stuck at one level, there are more opportunities.

“I think the message we are trying to give to the broader community is that this industry is rapidly changing and it has a heavy reliance on technology.”

Ms Ellery said she believed the technology at the centre would engage students.

“We know that this is an Australian-first facility and it’s a fantastic opportunity to encourage young people, who are thinking about what their future might be, to come and have a look and simulation of a whole variety of trades in the construction industry,” she said.

Master Builders director Michael McLean said the facility would perform vital functions by future-proofing the building and construction sector and providing younger generations with valuable information to successfully embark on their career paths.

“It’s been reported that Australia is facing a looming trade shortage, which makes dedicated, forward-thinking facilities like these essential to the development of a skilled workforce that can lead WA into the future,” he said.

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