ACIF’s latest forecasts for the industry and some interesting 'births and deaths' numbers set me to thinking about our industry’s resources, and how we approach skills formation and retention.

Our May forecasts presented a strong (though geographically patchy) recovery in residential building, non-residential construction flat-lining overall, and a decline in new engineering construction, albeit with current workloads still at historically very high levels. The employment story was at first glance perplexing, particularly given Australia’s skills shortage before the global…