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Expanding the criteria for new build health/education Project Managers

Expanding the criteria for new build health/education Project Managers

over 2 years ago By Team
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NSW will benefit from a $2.3 billion investment in world-class hospitals and health services in FY19/20, with a record $8 billion being invested over the next four years for new facilities, upgrades and redevelopments. 

The state government also continues to invest unprecedented funds into the education system in NSW, with a record $21 billion allocated to schools, early childhood, TAFE and VET.  

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said that over the next four years, the NSW Government will: 

  • Allocate $6.7 billion to deliver 190 new and upgraded schools;
  • Recruit 4600 more teachers;
  • Allocate $120 million to expand before and after school care;  
  • Dedicate $88.4 million towards employing 100 additional school counsellors or psychologists and an additional 350 student support officers. 

These announcements of a substantial body of work are welcome news for the commercial construction industry. However, it means the already low supply of commercial construction Project Managers with health and education experience will make it even more difficult to find the right staff.

The preference for our commercial builder clients is to hire Project Managers with a proven record of managing a project from start to finish preferably within New Build Health or Education. This includes schools, childcare centres, universities, hospitals, aged care or medical centres.

Emily Franklin, who joined Design & Build 15 months ago, works with our commercial construction clients helping them to attract and hire the right permanent talent. Given the shortage of Project Managers with new build health and/or education construction experience, Emily is working with her clients to expand the search criteria for Project Managers.  

Essentially asking the question... “if you can’t have the Project Manager you want, what other construction experience would you like them to have?”

Here are Emily’s expanded selection criteria for Project Managers that could potentially work in the new build education and health sector...

  • Proven experience as a Project Manager with a recognised mid-tier building contractor and a solid CA background OR Site Manager.
  • Stable work history, with exposure to education projects being highly regarded.
  • Experience in delivering construction projects in the commercial/government sector over $15 million
  • Construction management degree required.
  • Previous experience within Commercial New Build projects from the ground to handover – with a project value of above $15 million.
  • Previous relevant project experience, such as multi-residential, mixed-use, student accommodation,  retail, industrial, office and/or defence.

If you’re a Project Manager looking for a career move within new build commercial construction organise a call with Emily today, you may have more career options than you think.

You can also contact Emily for:

  • Site Managers
  • Estimators
  • Engineers
  • Contract Managers
  • Design Managers
  • CA’s
  • Foremen

Emily Franklin
0422 398 344