A group of site managers from Metricon in Geelong have graduated from a specially tailored skills program at RMIT University.
In a first for Victoria's construction industry, the Metricon Building Certification Program was developed in conjunction with RMIT's School of Vocational Engineering after Metricon approached the University looking for specialised training and education pathways for its staff.
The Certificate IV Building and Construction program aims to increase technical, interpersonal and construction management skills, to assist site managers in their diverse and changing role as both a client and tradesperson liaison.
Mario Biasin, CEO at Metricon, said the program was an example of how industry and higher education could work together to tap into the education and training needs of the construction industry.
"With an increasingly competitive Geelong home building market it is important that our service throughout the sales, build and warranty, exceeds customer expectations," Mr Biasin said.
"The aim of this course is to standardise an approach to the way Metricon build homes with a focus on best practice, quality and safety and provide building staff with an opportunity to complete a nationally recognised certification."
Delivered through a series of workshops, online sessions and site work, the program's assessment is heavily focused on current site work, while incorporating Metricon processes and job requirements.
"The Metricon RMIT Building Certification program is a revolutionary course that sets a new standard for Building certification nationally," Mr Biasin said.
"This course has been specifically designed from the ground up utilising innovative approaches and it takes our site managers' knowledge to a new level."
By harnessing the resources at RMIT and the Master Builders Association simulation centre, the training also ensures that all existing and potential managers are certified and trained at a uniform level where they will be eligible to apply for a Registered Builders Licence.
Peter Ryan, Head of the School of Vocational Engineering, believes the partnership between RMIT and Metricon will be a benchmark for the industry.
"This program will attract, develop and retain the most competent and committed building professionals in the market," Mr Ryan said.
"It is RMIT and Metricon's shared ownership of the deliverables and outcomes that has contributed to the program's success so far."
At the recent graduation ceremony held in the Geelong Industry Trade Training Centre, Mr Biasin said that while there had been improvements in customer satisfaction across the board, there had also been an increase in staff confidence.
"Empowering our people means providing the best training and tools in the industry; giving opportunities to grow, be challenged, and simply love where you work," he said.
Mr Biasin thanked RMIT, The Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI), the Master Builders Association and the partners and friends of the Metricon graduates for their support.