Live Works Training Site

Planning for the future

The Civil Contractors Federation Tasmania (CCFTas) has identified a need to establish a purpose built, specialised Live Works training site for Plant and Machinery Operator training in Tasmania for the civil construction sector.

In October 2022, as a KPI from the High Vis Army (HVA) project CCFTas in partnership with Skills Tasmania, TasTAFE and Keystone Tasmania conducted a study tour of Civil Train South Australia’s Civil Construction Live Works training site. The site, the largest of its kind in Australia, is considered by industry as best practice for delivering specialised civil construction industry training.

Following the study tour, all parties agreed there was value in live, site-based training and tasked CCFTas to investigate the demand for and feasibility of a future Live Works training site for the sector.

CCFTas commissioned Stenning & Associates to research the demand for a Live Works training site for plant and machinery operator training in the civil construction industry in Tasmania.

The analysis forecasts that the sector will need to employ and train an average of 667 additional Plant and Machinery Operators and other critical sector occupations annually until 2027.

The establishment of a Live Works training site to support workforce training will significantly improve the sector’s ability to rapidly train operators in a safe, controlled environment. It will drive improvements in training quality and consistency in the sector. It will improve the sector’s ability to attract younger workers by strengthening and enabling school-based pathways into the sector.

Industry feedback tells us that the civil construction sector is unlikely to be able to meet this forecast demand with its current approaches to plant and machinery operator training. Without change, the sector is likely to see infrastructure projects significantly delayed or abandoned, with negative flow-on impacts on Tasmania’s economic performance.

This Needs Analysis demonstrates there is significant training demand that a Live Works training site will support, now and into the future.

View the full CCFTas Live Works Training Site Needs Analysis (PDF)