Former Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, Reg Howard-Smith has today been announced as Chairperson of the Building and Construction Industry Training Board.
The position which was appointed by the McGowan Government, coincides with the introduction of new legislative changes relating to the Building and Construction Industry Training fund to further support construction training in WA.
Mr Howard-Smith has had previous experience dealing with high level government as well as being an industry spokesperson. These skills will be used in the ongoing management of the resources industry’s contributions to the fund, following on from the removal of its exemption to the levy in 2018.
The Minister for Education and Training – Hon Sue Ellery said “Reg Howard-Smith has the right mix of knowledge and skills to effectively lead the Building and Construction Industry Training Board in a time of significant change.”
“He will provide a strong, independent voice backed by leadership experience and a deep knowledge of the construction and training sectors.
“Importantly, I have asked him to work closely with all stakeholders – existing and new – to ensure all points of view are explored.
The Minister also thanked the previous Chairperson – Ian Hill, “I would also like to acknowledge and thank Ian Hill who was the former Board chair and who made such an important contribution to helping the building and construction industry meet its demands for skilled workers.”
Mr Howards Smith commenced in this role March 9.