Fair Trading Commissioner Lyn Baker has announced $45,000 funding for Pointsbuild to provide essential training for pool builders.
The funding had been provided through the NSW Office of Fair Trading’s Home Building Grants Program, an annual program that provides funding for education and research projects relating to the home building industry and trades.
“The Grants Program also provides financial support to projects that encourage apprenticeships in home building trades,” Baker says. “In the last financial year, the Office of Fair Trading received 6224 complaints relating to the building industry. By supporting education and research projects, Fair Trading is working to reduce the number of complaints and disputes, raise consumer awareness and raise industry standards.
“The funding provided to Pointsbuild will enable it to deliver the Basic Legal, Financial & Technical Training Certificate III for pool builders, through its website. This certificate will equip pool builders with technical skills as well as information on risk-averse practices and basic legal and financial information.
“Pointsbuild will also use the funds to undertake research into the educational needs of builders and pool builders in order to develop teaching modules that are relevant.” Baker says there is a definite need for this online education program.
“Builders are very time-poor and most are reluctant to take time off work to complete training courses,” she says. “With an online education program, they can learn during their spare time. This online program will also benefit those living and working in regional areas that may not be able to physically attend classes.
“It is essential that builders get access to training. As part of their licensing requirement, they are obligated to obtain continuing professional development points.”