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Media Release 

29 March 2010



Statement by Wilhelm Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer

Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry, today

welcomed the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, The

Hon Julia Gillard MP, for the further expansion of training under the Government’s Enterprise

Based Productivity Places (EBPPP) training program.

Mr Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Australia said: “This additional training will

further assist industry to deal with emerging skills shortages and an ageing workforce.

“The Government’s response is timely and well targeted and will help the building and

construction industry better address the

considerable challenges arising from the projected

expansion of the resources sector over the next five–ten years.

“Add to this the future skill demands in addressing the shortfall in housing, the completion of

the Building the Education Revolution program in the short to medium term, and the

Government’s planned infrastructure program over the next decade, thus making the need

for this additional investment in training an imperative if the building and construction industry

is to meet the challenge ahead.

Mr Harnisch said, “A comprehensive response is necessary by Government and industry,

and for all areas of the national training system to be delivering results;


announcement today will contribute to the development of valuable skills to address these


Under the EBPPP, Master Builders will deliver training to its members through an industry

funding model, which is designed to up skill the existing workforce using nationally consistent

training within the Australian Qualifications Framework which will include trade, building and

site management qualifications. 

Expressions of interest in the EBPPP were co-ordinated through the Industry Skills Councils,

and for the building and construction industry through the Construction and Property

Services Industry Skills Councils.  


Wilhelm Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer

Mobile: 0402 039 039

Neil Gow, National Manager Training Policy

Mobile: 0412 699 565

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