Trades workers are vital to Construction, with Apprenticeships and Traineeships the main entry pathway. Jobs in Construction can be physically demanding, like bricklaying, meaning that many people leave the industry when they are older. This opens opportunities for young people, and the training and experience can lead to management jobs. Whilst women are encouraged to enter the industry, the majority of workers are male. The nature of work in the Construction industry means that part-time jobs are rare, however certain projects such as road construction etc. only last for a specific period of time before workers move onto the next project.
Explore the topics below to learn everything you need to know about working in construction.
Construction workers play a key role in the Australian economy. They are skilled professionals who build our homes, schools, and office buildings as well as construct our roads and extract raw materials for our domestic and export markets.
There are lots of different types of jobs offered in the Construction industry such as those listed below:
The number of people working as a Construction worker is expected to grow from 1.16 million in 2019 to 1.282 million in 2024. That’s a 9.7% increase or an extra 113,700 jobs. (Department of Education, Skills and Employment).
There are several key skills and attributes that Construction Workers need to be successful in their role.
Ability to cope with the physical demands of the job
Enjoy practical and outdoor work in various weather conditions
Ability to work independently without supervision as well as part of a team
Ability to work at
a constant pace
Ability to read and understand safety instructions
Ability to follow precise directions
You can work as a Construction worker without formal qualifications.
In the majority of cases, you will learn the trade through informal training on the job. You can also become a Construction worker by learning a specific trade through an Apprenticeship or Traineeship. Entry requirements to this industry vary, but employers generally require Year 10.
Before you work on construction sites in Australia, you’ll need to hold relevant tickets to demonstrate competency and awareness of best practice.
Other tickets you may need:
If you want to progress beyond entry-level positions the best way to get ahead is through quality education. There are various certificate, diploma and bachelor level qualifications available in the Construction industry to suit your specific needs, wants and capabilities.
Just some of the building and construction courses you can do to start your career include:
A typical tradesman will work their way up from the bottom, putting in the hard work and long hours, until the fruits of their labour begin to show. Often, once qualified, individuals will form their own small business and start hunting for their own personal clients and contracts. Once qualified, there is the chance to work across the country, with skilled workers always in demand throughout the nation.
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