Get­ting the skills to be ma­jor player in the reno re­nais­sance

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Home ren­o­va­tions will be­come an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant as­pect of the res­i­den­tial build­ing in­dus­try in the com­ing years.

Ac­cord­ing to a Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion re­port, 2016 be­came the strong­est year since the end of WWII for new home build­ing com­mence­ments, how­ever this trend may be set to de­cline over the next few years.

Vic­to­rian train­ing in­sti­tu­tion, Builders Academy Aus­tralia, which was re­cently an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist for Vic­to­rian Small Train­ing Provider of the Year, is de­liv­er­ing train­ing to stu­dents re­sult­ing in the skills re­quired for a range of Build­ing and Con­struc­tion roles in­clud­ing how to com­plete a high qual­ity res­i­den­tial ren­o­va­tion.

An­drew Shea, CEO of Builders Academy, be­lieves train­ing for res­i­den­tial ren­o­va­tion is im­por­tant for any young builder learn­ing their trade.

“We’re ex­cited to hear about the HIA’s pre­dic­tion on home ren­o­va­tions,” he says, “Builders Academy is al­ways re­view­ing the way it trains stu­dent to en­sure that de­liv­ery re­flects the trends of the in­dus­try and re­quired fu­ture work­force skills.”

Ren­o­va­tions al­ready ac­count for around one third of the Aus­tralian res­i­den­tial build­ing in­dus­try, and the HIA re­port pre­dicts this num­ber to in­crease over the next few years.

By the end of this decade ren­o­va­tions could pos­si­bly rep­re­sent 42% of all build­ing in­dus­try ac­tiv­ity. With the in­crease in con­struc­tion of semide­tached homes in be­tween 1985 and 1995 it is pre­dicted that these homes will soon be­come the tar­get for re­fur­bish­ment.

This, along with ex­traor­di­nar­ily low in­ter­est rates and large home eq­uity wind­falls in Mel­bourne and Syd­ney, it is be­lieved that the de­mand for ren­o­va­tions is set to steadily in­crease.

Mr Shea says that the in­crease in de­mand for ren­o­va­tions is ex­cit­ing news for the Vic­to­rian con­struc­tion in­dus­try and that Builders Academy looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing de­liv­er­ing train­ing that meets this in­dus­try de­mand.

“We’re al­ways ex­cited to pro­vide train­ing that we know aligns with cur­rent and fu­ture in­dus­try needs.

“Look­ing back on the awe­some job you’ve done ren­o­vat­ing a home is one of the most re­ward­ing as­pects of be­ing in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

“We here at Builders Academy are happy to train our stu­dents on the nec­es­sary skills of pro­vid­ing high qual­ity home ren­o­va­tions.”

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