At Builders Academy Australia (BAA), students are taken on a journey to mastery by builders who know their trade inside out. More than 8,000 graduates have achieved nationally accredited qualifications.
With 88 per cent of students working full-time, sessions are run in the evenings and weekends via online platforms and across 28 physical training venues around Victoria.
BAA employs a full-time language, literacy and numeracy coordinator, a student welfare coordinator and a builders licensing coach to support student completion rates, which exceed industry averages.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, enrolments from March to June 2020 exceeded those for the same period in 2019 by 190 per cent. Retention rates have also exceeded equivalent periods in prior years. To help students during the pandemic, BAA offered free training in mindfulness and dealing with change.
Women’s participation in the industry is also fostered. BAA established formal partnerships with ‘Tradeswomen Australia’ and ‘Top 100 Women’. Between June 2018 to June 2020, there has been a 200 per cent increase in female students.
BAA’s sharp focus and agile business model focuses on infrastructure projects and areas of skills shortages.