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Programs to Address Labour Shortages


With industry still experiencing labour shortages across sectors, we will be running a number of programs to attract individuals to the construction industry.

Kickstart to Construction Program

This month MBA Group Training will be training 10 candidates under the Kickstart to Construction program. The program is a joint initiative with the ACT Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services (MARSS), with funding from Skills Canberra, to provide basic language skills training and support to migrants and refugees. This program is funded under the Adult Community Education JobTrainer grants program, a jointly funded initiative of the ACT and Australian governments.

At the completion of this program on 1 May 2023, workers will be ready to work in the construction industry. We are seeking expressions of interest from Members who are looking to employ these new entrants to the industry.

Please fill in this form if you are interested in employing a graduate of this program.


JobTrainer Women in Civil Construction Program

Master Builders ACT together with SPARK Ginninderry and program partners are showcasing the opportunities available for women in civil construction with this program. With skills shortages across all sectors of construction, it’s important that women know that there are countless opportunities available to them in the building and construction industry. This 9 week program will run provide participants with a combination of theory, practical hands-on learning and industry work placement.

This program is made possible through JobTrainer and is a jointly funded initiative of the ACT and Australian Governments.


Carpentry Careers Evening

On Thursday 18 May 2023 we will running our 3rd Carpentry Careers Evening. The purpose of these evenings is to showcase the value of a career in carpentry.

Employers who are interested in employing a first-year carpentry apprentice can email to register their attendance.


In the coming weeks we will be sharing our ACT budget submission which will include suggestions to increase workforce capacity in construction. We will update members on any developments.