The Construction and Property Services Skills Council (CPSISC) was formed in 2004, bringing together the National Industry Training Advisory Bodies for property services and construction. Member organisations representing a wide cross section of these industries formed a Board committed to providing high quality standards and training for the whole of the sector.
Through this whole-of-industry approach and the partnerships forged with industry, CPSISC has been able to identify skills gaps, develop nationally and internationally recognised standards for training, upskill thousands of workers in a wide range of industry sectors and enhance the quality and safety of building, construction and property workers.
Over the years, CPSISC training packages have set the benchmark for industry standards nationally and overseas – including the Pacific Island region, New Zealand, the UK, Malaysia, the USA and China. CPSISC has also facilitated Workforce Development strategies for the multitude of businesses and organisations requiring support in this area.
In early 2017, (Skills Oz Pty Ltd)was established to develop education and training resources and provide workforce development solutions to assist the building, construction and property services industries.
Initiatives and collaborations
Construct my Career
A CPSISC initiative, Construct my Career recognises that career planning is an essential part of addressing skills shortages in the building, construction and property services industries. Construct My Career highlights the various career pathways and many different options available to both school leavers and older workers considering a career change and challenges misconceptions held in the community regarding VET and trades training.
Construct my Career also promotes and encourages women in construction in a bid to address the under-representation of women in the industry.
Industry Women Central
Industry Women Central is an information hub established to enhance education, promotion, recruitment, retention and career progression for women in the construction and property services industries. It acts as a first point of contact for women in industry to network, find information about the industry and related events, experiences and awards. The website provides information on career planning, skills training, vacancies and leadership and speaking opportunities. Female ambassadors demonstrate their skills and success and provide mentoring support and encouragement to women considering a career in construction or property services.
Construction Energy Infrastructure Limited (CEIL)
Construction Energy Infrastructure Limited (CEIL) is a joint venture with E-Oz Energy Skills focused on the delivery of holistic industry-developed education services and resources. As a Company limited by guarantee, CEIL has invested in the future skills and workforce development of industry sectors including:
- Property services
- Electricity distribution and transmission
- Electricity generation
- Gas Transmission
Case study – Industry Collaboration: Barangaroo Skills Exchange
In partnership with the Department of Industry, Lend Lease and Western Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW, CPSISC facilitated the delivery of $6 million in workforce development funds and innovative workplace-based training and engagement programs for the Barangaroo South Skills Connect project.
The Barangaroo Skills Exchange (BSX) was the winner of the New South Wales Industry Collaboration Award and a finalist in the same category at the 2014 Australian Training Awards. The BSX was established to provide the required training and skilling needs of on-site workers at the Barangaroo South urban regeneration project.
Over the 10 years that the site will take to build, the BSX expects to provide 10,000 people with accredited qualifications, ensure that 20 per cent of all skilled trade work on-site is performed by people undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship. BSX will also provide 50,000 learning outcomes and provide 500 Indigenous workers with capacity and capability in the construction and related industries.
The BSX delivers national qualifications ranging from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma, as well as a range of literacy, numeracy, workplace health and safety, personal health awareness, first aid and leadership programmes. The BSX takes a flexible approach to training and assessment with training contextualised for both the job and the individual.