Strategic plan to ensure growth and strength
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It is becoming harder to get attendance at events as everyone is so busy with their current workload, however, it is important to never take your eye off the future and the events we do organise are purposely organised to bring benefits to your business. We are always open to new ideas and ways of doing things such as today’s webinar and depending on the feedback from those who joined today’s webinar it is something we will consider more in the coming 12 months.
FTMA Australia is trying to tackle the issue of lack of Estimators and Detailers within our industry. Firstly, we want to see the industry change the titles of these positions, so we can attract the right people. Timber Structure Design Officer is what we are recommended for Estimators / Detailers with the head detailer being called Timber Structure Design Executive and your team is the Timber Structure Design Team. A fabricator recently used these titles to advertise for a position in NSW and the person who got the job was undergoing a Diploma in Building. This is the target area and we believe these title changes will go a long way to addressing this issue.
Secondly, we are developing a new training package to enhance the ‘classroom’ training ensuring
your new Timber Structure Design Officers can start work and not take up all the time of the Executives in the Design Team. This is taking much longer than we anticipated as we are trying to ensure the cost to fabricators is minimal and we can tap in to Government funding for the training but to do this we must jump through the hoops first. This course will happen, and will, in our opinion, help ease the demand for quality designers.
Our membership continues to grow, and we hope the new board restructure and the Strategic Plan will help with increasing the membership in the coming 12 months.
It is important to recognise the suppliers that have served us on the board. Phil McCormack has been there since day dot and has not only served the board well but has also assisted with board meeting facilities and of course is a valued sponsor. Phil never did anything that wasn’t in the best interest of fabricators and we thank him for his 10 years+ on the board.
Mark Smiles from MiTek has also served on the board for many of the past 10 years and we thank him for his work as we do that of Ian Ashby of Pryda and Travis Taylor of Multinail who have given their time to helping the frame and truss industry develop.
Finally, Shelena from Vekta Automation. Shelena has brought a fresh approach to the board through her Governance training and we thank her for guiding us through our Constitutional change last year and the work she has done.
These five suppliers helped FTMA Australia grow as an association and always put the fabricators first and we thank them for their time and look forward to them continuing their work with the Association on the working groups.
For me, unfortunately it has been another tough year on the health front but it’s something I must live with and I am slowly getting on top of the Fibromyalgia. I am taking December and January off work, during our quiet time to rest up so I am fit and ready for another productive year.
Thank you to the members for making our Association what it is. We may be a small association, but we are loud and proud and in my opinion we deliver as much if not more than many associations.
I look forward to working with you all in the coming year as we continue to build a stronger industry.