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BuildSkills Australia welcomes award-winning architect

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BuildSkills Australia has welcomed award-winning architect and former Master Builders Victoria stakeholder engagement specialist Ingrid Mountford to the team.

The national Jobs and Skills Council (JSC), established under the Federal Government’s $442 million Jobs and Skills Australia initiative, is tasked with creating a strong, skilled workforce across the building, construction, civil, infrastructure, property and water sectors and is the nation’s leading body for workforce planning, vocational training and research for these sectors.

BuildSkills Australia Chief Executive Officer Brett Schimming said Ms Mountford had significant stakeholder engagement experience from her decade working with Master Builders Victoria.

Ingrid will take up the role of Victoria and Tasmania State Manager, Industry Engagement, and brings a deep understand of people-centred engagement having worked in both the private and public sectors of the building and construction industry,” Mr Schimming said.

“Our priority is to develop the first ever national workforce plan for the construction, property and water industries and this work is already well underway,” Mr Schimming said.

“The comprehensive plan, set to be released in coming weeks, will support Federal Government policy making and skills and training needs across the sectors.

“BuildSkills’ workforce plan will place a priority on ensuring the skills and training of today meet the needs of the future,” he said.

Ms Mountford, an award-winning architect, worked for 15 years in the private sector including as co-owner of a firm specialising in residential and heritage construction. She also worked for six years at the Australian Institute of Architects in training and operational management roles.

“I love working in the built environment field and have seen the great impact that skills in this industry can have on people's lives, environment, and community,” Ms Mountford said.

“Giving our industry a voice in building these skills is so important in this time of such opportunity and change and I look forward to giving everyone the chance to get involved.”

“I’m excited about this role and am looking forward to gaining insight from those who I already know and forging new relationships within our passionate industry communities,” she said.

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