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MEDIA RELEASE: Jump on board Victoria’s construction boom

The construction industry employs almost 1 million Australians, or 8.6 per cent of all workers, which is the third largest workforce behind only the retail trade and health care industries.*

The industry is continuously expanding, and with the announcement of the upcoming road and rail projects, the Napthine Government has projected that 9,900* construction jobs in and around Melbourne will be created.

The Construction and Property Services Careers Hub will assist career seekers wanting to get a start in the industry and workers keen to advance or expand their skills, with information and guidance on current job opportunities, educational options for career transition and training and up-skilling initiatives.

With the eminent closure of the major automotive manufacturing facilities and the associated automotive parts manufacturers, many Victorian workers will be displaced. This group will be seeking advice to “reinvent their career”. These workers may also be looking to the construction and property services sectors to provide a new career pathway.

The Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC), Master Builders Association Victoria, Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries Victoria, Complex Training Academy (representing the security industry), Real Estate Institute of Victoria, Trade Institute of Victoria and the National Association of Women in Construction will come together to form the hub.

“People attending the expo will be able to get first-hand information on how they can take advantage and position themselves for current and future career opportunities. The hub will become part of the largest careers and employment event in Melbourne this year, showcasing over 500 careers, ranging from plasterers to property valuers,” said Nicholas Ricciuti CEO of Reinvent Your Career.

CPSISC CEO Alan Ross said that “attendees will get to experience the innovative Construction and Property Services Hub and meet key industry people who will assist with understanding the careers roadmap and accessing employers to help reposition their career.”

The Melbourne Reinvent Your Career Expo will be held on the 21st and 22nd of June 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, from 10am to 4pm each day. Tickets are available at the door or online for $10 for a day pass or $15 for a two day pass, under 18 are free. For more information please visit www.reinventyourcareer.com.au.

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For further information or to arrange an interview with Nicholas Ricciuti/Alan Ross please contact:

Miranda Somers                                                     
PR and Events Coordinator                                                      
Reinvent Your Career                                                                 
Phone: 03 9866 2111                                                                 

Heidi Carmona
Marketing Manager
CPSISC
02 6253 0002

* Sources: CPSISC Environmental Scan 2014-15, page 19.
The Age, Wednesday 7 May 2014 pages 2-3, State Budget.

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