Tackling alcohol in the construction industry

Master Builders Association director Michael McLean, Holyoake chief executive Angie Paskevicius and Construction Training Fund executive director Ralph Dawson.
Master Builders Association director Michael McLean, Holyoake chief executive Angie Paskevicius and Construction Training Fund executive director Ralph Dawson.

IN a bid to boost worker health and safety and on-site productivity, Victoria Park-based Holyoake has launched a training program targeting the harmful use of alcohol by WA construction apprentices.

Fit4Work has been tailor-made by Holyoake in conjunction with the Master Builders Association and the Construction Training Fund, which will subsidise the training for eligible workers.

Holyoake chief executive Angie Paskevicius said the collaboration was sparked to address the negative impact alcohol was having on construction apprentices, employers, and the wider industry and community.

“This Fit4Work training package was developed as part of our successful Wellbeing@Work programs in response to disturbing Australian research that revealed two in three construction apprentices are drinking alcohol at harmful levels,” she said,

“Given the nature of the work these apprentices are doing, their safety and those of their colleagues is a big concern. We are confident this program will contribute to turning around this trend.”

Master Builders Association director Michael McLean said apprentices were a vital part of the construction industry and the association wanted to do everything possible to ensure a safe environment for them.

“This two-hour training program developed and to be delivered by Holyoake, will play an important role in raising awareness among apprentices and their employers about alcohol-related issues,” he said.