Busicom Solutions commenced operations in 2004 as a Recruitment Company to the Building and Construction Industry. In response to market conditions, opportunities and feedback from clients, in 2008 Busicom Solutions embarked on a strategy to direct the business away from labour hire into the provision of high quality specialised trade resources.
In the period up until 2011, consistent feedback from businesses operating in the engineering sector, Busicom’s candidate database and other labour hire providers indicated a shortage of skilled tradespersons in the areas of Welding and Fabricating
Research into Trade employment market revealed that were a significant number of tradespersons who had either started a TAFE course or been provided with “on-the-job” training but had no formal qualifications. These tradesmen were predominately in the age group 35 to 55 and unlikely to complete their qualifications (with normal trade training providers – e.g. TAFE).
This situation is a cause of misalignment between supply and demand of skilled labour given that an increasing number of clients require better and more consistent quality in the skill levels of welders and fabricators. Furthermore a number of industry clients e.g. paper mills, mining industry, petroleum refining and structural steel for infrastructure development require qualified tradespersons to safeguard their own quality requirements and WHS.
This insight propelled Busicom Solutions into establishing a Testing Facility to assess the skill set of Tradesmen recruitment. Part of this strategy involved establishing a Training division within the company. The Training and Testing Division would enable Busicom Solutions to provide certified and tested tradesmen to Engineering companies through the Recruitment division of the business.
Busicom commenced setting up the inhouse training and testing facility for welding and fabrication. This facility was fully operational in late 2011 and the company began testing tradesmen in order to allocate to clients the most suitable candidates to fulfill their engineering needs.
Busicom management in consultation with outside peak bodies made a decision that the most suitable program of study should relate to national accreditation. Given that over 80% of candidates provided were Welders or Fabricators, the decision was made to run a Certificate III Engineering Fabrication Trade (Heavy Fabrication) (MEM 30305) with suitable facilities.
This initiative has received strong support from a number of peak bodies including Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA), Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) and TAFE Chullora as well as a number of high profile and credible Engineering companies.
Busicom Solutions has plans to achieve RTO status in 2013 and rollout Certificate III Engineering Fabrication Trade to the market. Whilst this is in progress, the current testing facility continues to expand with an increasing number of practical testing being implemented across key engineering trades.