Ap­pren­tices a pri­or­ity for build­ing gi­ant

In­cen­tives such as top-qual­ity equip­ment and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties are the keys to help­ing push this suc­cess­ful com­pany to new lev­els of per­for­mance.

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - HOUSES -

To main­tain their com­pet­i­tive edge above other ma­jor con­trac­tors, Hutchin­son Builders has im­ple­mented a num­ber of in­no­va­tions in­clud­ing a train­ing scheme, work­ers’ ac­com­mo­da­tion and state-of-the-art equip­ment.

The train­ing scheme will in­crease the cur­rent num­ber of 67 ap­pren­tices to 400 over the next two years.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Hutchin­son Builders is train­ing their ap­pren­tices in-house and mostly on site.

This scheme is not only aimed at pro­duc­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, but also to counter ever in­creas­ing labour short­ages.

“Due to the cur­rent lack of trades­peo­ple, it is very im­por­tant for the fu­ture of the build­ing in­dus­try that we em­ploy ap­pren­tices and en­cour­age young peo­ple to take on an ap­pren­tice­ship,” says Cairns team leader Paul De Jong.

He says the com­pany also plans to in­crease the num­ber of its ap­pren­tices in Cairns.

“To­day’s ap­pren­tices are to­mor­row’s trades,” he adds.

Hutchin­son Builders is also mov­ing into Air­lie Beach in a bigg way.y

Con­struc­tion on Whis­per Bay, an $89 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment which will in­clude 104 lux­ury apart­ments and vil­las, has started.

Air­lie Beach is a de­vel­op­ment hotspot in Queens­land, but a ma­jor draw­back is the short­age of trades and a lack of work­ers’ ac­com­mo­da­tion, Paul says.

To tackle the prob­lem, Hutchin­son Builders has pur­chased two car­a­van parks and con­verted them into work­ers’ ac­com­mo­da­tion vil­lages in­cor­po­rat­ing full com­mu­nal kitchen and din­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

The for­mer car­a­van park will pro­vide sleep­ing and eat­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion as well as recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties.

It will also have a so­cial di­rec­tor who will ar­range tours, boat trips and other ex­cur­sions through­out the Great Bar­rier Reef.

Paul says this in­vest­ment en­ables them to cater for the 256 out-of-town work­ers who are needed to ser­vice the grow­ing de­mand in the re­gion.

Hutchies be­lieve there is no other wayy to build $100 mil­lion projects with lim­ited lo­cal trade ca­pac­ity.

Hutchies has re­cently pur­chased 20 new tower cranes and es­tab­lished an in-house erec­tion, dis­man­tling and ser­vice team.

Hutchin­son Builders man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Greg Quinn says the mo­tive is to be self suf­fi­fi­cient in the tower crane area.

The fact that many of the tower cranes cur­rently op­er­at­ing on the Queens­land sky­line were man­u­fac­tured pre-1980 and, con­se­quently, have tech­nol­ogy and safety is­sues, has been paramount in Hutchin­son Builders’ de­ci­sion to pur­chase the new cranes.

Hutchin­son Builders is also cur­rently con­struct­ing a new crane ser­vic­ing fa­cil­ity on 32,000sq m of land that they own at Yatala in Bris­bane.

This new pur­pose-de­signed and built ser­vice fa­cil­ity along with the new flfleet of cranes has been a ma­jor draw­card for some of the best crane driv­ers, dog­men and com­mis­sion­ing peo­ple in the busi­ness.

“We are con­fi­fi­dent of hav­ing the best crane op­er­a­tion in the mar­ket­place,” Greg says.

“It will al­low us to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity on our projects and min­imise pre­lim­i­nary costs and the bene­fi­fit will pass di­rectly to our clients.”

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