Careful planning ensures TABMA continues to grow
TABMA MANAGEMENT recently presented to the TABMA Australia National Board of Directors a Strategic Plan for the 2016/17, 2017/2018 and 2018/19 fiscal years.
The plan provided an overview of the current structure and operations of the TABMA Group of businesses together with an overall assessment against a SWOT analysis and an analysis of the industry and competitors.
TABMA is unique in that it is a timber industry association with a national presence representing merchants, retailers, suppliers, manufacturers, frame & truss fabricators, wholesalers and importers.
TABMA members receive access to a range of benefits that include government representation at both state and federal levels, networking opportunities, development of labour resources through the TABMA Apprentices & Trainees division (GTO), training of trainees and fee for service training of employees through the FITEC Australia division (RTO) and a valuable new member service that is included in the membership annual fee – TABMA’s Workplace Advice Line whereby members can call a 1300 number to obtain instant advice on annual and long service leave, wage rates, termination of employment, workers compensation, and discrimination and harassment etc.
TABMA also offers a competitively priced WH&S inspection service, group buying discount arrangements and permanent and part time staff placements through a recruitment division.
Our credit information bureau, Building Trade Credit (BTC) provides a valuable service to suppliers of credit in the building and construction industry. The database has annual credit sales of over $6 billion.
Timber Tallying Pty Ltd provides a unique break bulk handling and distribution service based at Port Kembla, NSW, for the importers of American West Coast Timber.
TABMA as a group now employs nationally 27 people directly and has over 260 apprentices and trainees placed in every state of the nation.
It is likely that increased positions for field officers, contract trainers and administration support staff will be required over the next three years to assist in sustaining our projected growth.
TABMA’s culture is founded upon 5 core values: Service-ProfessionalismLeadership-Integrity and People.
From humble beginnings in 1940, TABMA has in recent years morphed into a dynamic and progressive business organization meeting the needs of its members and the timber industry in general.
TABMA continues to make ground in Victoria with placements of apprentices and trainees growing at a rapid rate. As well membership continues to grow exponentially. At this stage we have Rhonda Moore travelling from Sydney to Melbourne for 10 days per month but growth has now enabled us to commence advertising in the Melbourne market for a full time person to take up the role of Field Officer TABMA Victoria. By next issue we hope to have somebody in place and will be able to introduce that person.
FITEC Australia Pty Ltd
To capitalize on the national strength of the TABMA name we will shortly be altering the trading name of FITEC to TABMA Training. It is believed this name change will assist in establishing our registered training organization (RTO) in states where it has previously not had a presence. This name change was unanimously passed by the FITEC Board led by Ian Halliday and the TABMA Australia Board led by Peter Hutchison.
TABMA South Australia
Every two months, under the leadership of Andrew Bone, our SA Management Committee meets to discuss issues pertinent to that state and how we can further the growth of TABMA in South Australia. With Alicia Oelkers leading a strong on the ground team, working hand in glove with the Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) arm of the Government of South Australia, TABMA is well established in SA and now has almost 30 apprentices and trainees placed with host employers.
TABMA Australia AGM
The Annual General Meeting of TABMA Australia Ltd will be held in Sydney on Thursday, 3 November.
Notice of the meeting has been sent to all members and members are especially invited to attend.
Queensland Industry Awards Dinner
October 15 was the date for the 2016 Queensland industry dinner and the presentation of the TABMA Awards for that state. All award winners are now eligible to become finalists in the 2017 national awards dinner which will be held in Sydney. This year the Queensland dinner, with ITI Qld being the major sponsor, was held at Rydges Southbank.