One of the main ways we do this is through our National Advisory Group or NAG for short. The Flooring NAG is made up of connected people from the industry and serves as your voice within BCITO. These people give up their time to advise BCITO on how we can best support and develop a strong and well-trained flooring industry. What gets discussed at the meetings varies depending on what’s topical in the sector at the time, but may include BCITO qualifications, marketing, industry engagement, digital projects, and workforce development planning, just to name a few.
In March the Flooring NAG had planned to meet in person with BCITO. However, like many other events across the world, it was interrupted by COVID-19. In this crazy time that we are living through, it’s more important than ever that BCITO keeps up with what’s happening in your industry. To make sure that we're kept informed, we scheduled a Zoom meeting and jumped online to video call our NAG members from the comfort of their own homes.
We share below a summary of the key talking points from our meeting.
It is no surprise that this was a large talking point in the NAG meeting. NAG members told us that the economic impact that will follow is a real issue for the flooring sector. Currently, it is a risky time for businesses to stay afloat and keep staff employed. The wage subsidy is helping in this regard, but businesses are still at risk while we are in Level 4 lockdown and unable to receive any income. Members shared their concerns that the industry may lose sight of the importance of keeping their staff well trained if the economy takes a hit. Those companies that have a well-trained workforce will be in the best position to take hold of the opportunities that come during the downturn, as well as when the market recovers.
BCITO is currently working on a new and updated version of the flooring qualification, as well as a brand new qualification for supervisors working in the construction industry. NAG members are part of the consultation groups that help us put together these qualifications to make sure they are fit for the industry.
Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE)
The NAG were updated on the progress the government is continuing to make with RoVE. These changes are still being made in the background of COVID-19 and the government is aiming to stick to their original timeframes.
Tricky Chat ad was well received by the industry. Members felt that the ad was succeeding in changing the public’s perception of the construction industry.
If you would like to know more about BCITO’s National Advisory Groups you can email me or call me on 0274799809.
PRESS RELEASE 14 MAY 2020 - Speaking today after the announcement of the Budget and the $1.6 billion Trades and Apprenticeships Training Package, Warwick Quinn, BCITO Chief Executive congratulated the Government.
A summary of the meeting held on 7 April.