Unique skills training program for Metricon Staff in Shepparton

A group of 20 site managers from Metricon in Shepparton were the latest to graduate from a specially tailored skills program at RMIT University at The Carrington, on November 26.

In a first for Victoria’s construction industry, the Metricon Building Certification Program was developed in conjunction with RMIT’s School of Vocational Engineering after Metricon approached the University looking for specialised training and education pathways for its staff.

The Certificate IV Building and Construction program aims to increase technical, interpersonal and construction management skills in order to assist site managers in their diverse and changing role as both a client and tradesperson liaison.

Mario Biasin, CEO at Metricon, says the program is an example of how industry and higher education can work together to tap into the education and training needs of the construction industry.

“With an increasingly competitive Shepparton home building market it is important that our service throughout the sales, build and warranty exceeds customer expectations.

“The aim of this course is to standardise an approach to the way Metricon build homes with a focus on best practice, quality and safety and provide building staff with an opportunity to complete a nationally recognised certification,” Mr Biasin said.

Delivered through a series of workshops, online sessions and site work, the program’s assessment is heavily focused on current site work, while incorporating Metricon processes and job requirements.

“The Metricon RMIT Building Certification program is a ground-breaking course that sets a new standard for Building certification nationally .This course has been specifically designed utilising innovative approaches and it takes our site managers’ knowledge to a new level,” Mr Biasin said.

By harnessing the resources at RMIT and the Master Builders Association simulation centre, the training also ensures that all existing and potential managers are certified and trained at a uniform level where they will be eligible to apply for a Registered Builders Licence.

Peter Ryan, Head of the School of Vocational Engineering, believes that the partnership between RMIT and Metricon is a benchmark for the industry.

“This program will attract, develop and retain the most competent and committed building professionals in the market,” Mr Ryan said.

“It is RMIT and Metricon’s shared ownership of the deliverables and outcomes that has contributed to the program’s success so far.”

“Empowering our people means providing the best training and tools in the industry; giving opportunities to grow, be challenged, and simply love where you work,” Mr Biasin said.

Mr Biasin thanked RMIT, The Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI), the Master Builders Association and the partners and friends of the Shepparton Metricon graduates for their support.

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