News Alert | Minister for Vocational Education and Skills , the Hon Karen Andrews, visit to Artibus
Key Role for Tasmanian Firm in National Skills and Training Reforms 31 January, 2017
Hobart-based company Artibus Innovation is playing a key role in a Federal Government initiative to develop stronger skills and training standards for two of Australia’s biggest industry sectors.
Artibus’ Chief Executive Officer David Morgan said today the company was working on a number of significant national projects aimed at updating the qualifications and skill standards that support the training of 1.8 million workers across the construction and property sectors.
He was commenting during a visit to their operations by the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews today.
“Artibus Innovation supports two Industry Reference Committees which collectively cover the construction and property services industries. These Committees are responsible for providing the Australian Government with guidance, direction, and advice on the workforce training and skill development needs, qualifications and training standards for more than 1.8 million Australians who work in over 526,000 enterprises across these industries nationwide,” Mr Morgan said.
“We are very proud that Artibus was one of just six organisations chosen across Australia to do this work and the only one based in a regional area.
“This is a credit to the recognised expertise and skills of its staff and board who have demonstrated leadership in skills research, industry consultation, workforce development, regulatory compliance and project management.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews, congratulated Artibus on the important work it’s doing in the construction and property service sectors.
“A key focus of the Turnbull Government’s reforms in skills training is to ensure that it meets the needs of industry and Artibus is one of the organisations playing a vital role in achieving that,” Minister Andrews said.
“This will provide long term benefits not just for Tasmanians, but all Australians by giving them the skills for the jobs of the future and help build a stronger economy.”
Jonathon Duniam, Liberal Senator for Tasmania, was pleased to see the state playing a part in addressing national skills and training needs.
“I am proud to see a Tasmanian company contributing to national reforms in workplace training and skills development.” Senator Duniam said.
“The involvement of Artibus in many significant national projects is testament to the quality of their work in improving productivity and growth in the construction and property sectors,” Senator Duniam said.
Artibus is located in the same historic building in North Hobart as the State Theatre which is about to commence a major redevelopment.
“Many of the people employed on this redevelopment directly benefit from the sort of work we are doing – ranging from building designers and fire protection professionals to the wide range of construction trades that will be involved in the planned construction,” Mr Morgan said.
“When you look at the cranes on the Hobart skyline, you get an appreciation of the number of construction projects and therefore the number of people who directly benefit from the work we are doing. Add to this the many more people employed in the property services industry in security, property development, sales and management, access consulting, building design, cleaning, pest management, waste management, fire protection, inspection and testing you can understand why this work is vitally important.
Artibus employs 10 people – eight at its North Hobart offices and one each in Brisbane and Adelaide.
“In addition to our core staff we also commission a range of consultants and contractors located across Australia, who have specialist industry and technical skills to undertake work, providing the ability to respond to the requirements of industry across the country.
“Being regionally based, we understand the need to engage industry right across the nation, not just the major population centres. Consequently, we are working hard to ensure that those in the industry in all parts of the country have input in to the development of skills and training standards,” Mr Morgan said.