New qualification paves way for recognition

The Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council said in a statement the qualification was part of a project aimed at increasing the number of qualified paviours working in Australia.The CPSISC said the new national CPC08 Construction and Plumbing Services Integrated Framework Training Package and supporting competency standards specified the skills required by paviours. The group said this provision replaced the current system of an elective within the Bricklaying qualification or the completion of a Structural Landscaping qualification, neither of which met industry needs or accommodated changes in the industry.Mark Walmsley, from Adelaide paving and landscaping company Backyard Inspiration, said training and recognition would do much for consumer confidence in the industry. “Over the years we have faced many challenges in time-consuming and expensive efforts to train employees,” Walmsley said. The CPSISC says the plan has support from the Master Builder’s Association, Housing Industry Association, Think Brick Australia, Concrete Masonry Association of Australia, Landscaping Contractor’s Association, segmental paving manufacturers and registered training organisations.To assist industry in implementing these qualifications, a project has commenced that will map the qualification outcomes to the Australian Core Skills Framework and develop recognition instruments. This project is being managed by CPSISC and is funded by the Department of Education,Employment and Workplace Relations under the Workplace English Language and Literacy initiative.

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