On Friday, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius launched a free course being prepared through the collaboration of the Building Industry Consultative Council (BICC) and TCTC, aimed at improving digital literacy in the building and construction industry. The course is being supported by the BICC and the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects.
Minister Ian Borg spoke about the many initiatives and positive reforms being implemented to improve quality in this industry, especially towards more safety, clearer responsibilities, transparency and a quality product as befits the country.
“We are working to see that this industry has the best standards and respects people. This was the government’s pledge and we are seeing to its implementation. Last year we launched a public consultation to set up the Malta Building and Construction Authority, which will offer a clearer legal framework. But we didn’t stop there. In the meantime, we implemented an important reform in summer, and we set up an agency that is working to consolidate several laws,” said Minister Ian Borg.
He also mentioned the work being done towards the introduction of the Considerate Constructor Scheme, which rewards those working sustainably and respectfully in the sector. Here, the Minister commended the BICC for its role in this process and for the work it carries out daily towards the training of several professionals and trade workers on different aspects, including health and safety, the rubble wall trade, CPD courses and others regarding the maintenance of houses with Maltese characteristics.
Minister Borg described the initiative being launched today as another important initiative that goes beyond on-site practices but looks directly at the management of activities and businesses making up this industry.
“We want the people working in every sector to achieve the best standards and to have the best training even on an administrative level. At the end of the day, the success of businesses, even small ones, is part of the success of our country,” said Minister Borg.
He expressed his full support for the BICC and TCTC in this initiative while commending other Ministry authorities who contributed in any way, including the Planning Authority.
“I look forward to witnessing industry people coming forward for this course, while we remain committed towards a quality industry as befits our country,” concluded Minister Ian Borg.
Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius said that the government wants better practices in the construction industry.
He announced that for this aim this course with the name E-Construct is being launched, aimed at giving the necessary knowledge to anyone in this industry or desiring to enter the industry towards better practices in the sector.
“We want to inform anyone in the industry of the obligations and opportunities offered by the construction industry,” stressed Parliamentary Secretary Agius.
BICC Chairman Perit Charles Buhagiar spoke about the work BICC is doing towards a high-quality building industry. He explained the necessity of continuous education for those working or apprenticed in the industry towards an industry of an ever-improving quality.
TCTC Director Mr Ray Abela gave a presentation where he explained the setup of the 30-hour course.
Those interested can register by visiting their local council or http://www.bicc.gov.mt.