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Getting started in the construction industry

Getting started in the construction industry

3 months ago By Andrew Shea
Construction training

How to get started in the building and construction industry

Just finished up at school or thinking about a job change? Careers in building and construction could be the right move for you. With demand for commercial and residential projects increasing, opportunity for building and construction management professionals are on the rise. Especially when you’re backed by solid training and hands-on experience.

Why choose a career in building and construction?

Construction is an essential part of modern society. Without brand-new communities, buildings, amenities and infrastructure, we’d find it hard to progress or function. The national building and construction industry is an important sector in Australia. And for you, this means your work can have a profound and lasting impact on society.

The infrastructure industry is in a boom, with high rates of employment and bright prospects here and around the world. In Victoria, Australia, over 42,000 new homes are being built every year. This is a figure that shows no sign of dwindling in the immediate future.

There will always be the need for qualified building and construction professionals to complete the growing number of projects. So, with a great career outlook, the timing of moving to this industry has never been better.

What career can you have in building and construction?

Career opportunities can vary, but that’s why this industry is such a popular choice. You could try any number of trades and even start your own company. But even through starting your own business is an exciting prospect, there can be almost as much to lose as there is to gain. As the person in charge, it’s your job to take charge of key decision making - and you’ll need a range of supporting business skills to get there. That’s when study comes in handy.

Is studying the right way to get started?

Building and construction courses are a useful point of entry into a fantastic career or to open up your current career prospects. Studying can give you hands-on experience in a new field, a theoretical and practical understanding. It will also teach you the ins and outs of costs and technology.

Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be word-ready and adaptable to whatever your career throws at you. From the perspective of a future employer, this is everything they look for in an apprentice or professional hire, giving you an advantage.

From here, it’s in your hands. Many students go on to further study or dive straight into the workplace. Whichever option you choose, it’s easier with a solid entry point.

What should you look for in a training provider?

You’ll want to receive the highest level of education and training in construction. Study with a provider that draws on solid connections with industry partners to give yourself the best chance of success at meeting real-world industry demands.

Always research the leaders to see if they are experienced and have innovative approaches to teaching. The ideal learning environment is one that reflects the rapidly changing workforce. This way you won’t be left behind or poorly equipped for change in the industry.

While there are many different pathways into building and construction jobs, landing them can be easier with the right education, experience and networks behind you.

But isn’t it who you know, not what you know?

Making friends and meeting people in the industry is an important part of launching your career. This can help you initially find an entry-level job and in the long run, it will get you involved with others in the industry and could even open opportunities to potential business ventures.

Studying is a good way to do this, get your foot in the door and begin building a network of people that you can contact to help further your business and construction career, helping you meet your long-term goals.

The building and construction industry is one of the largest and most progressive industries in the world, with exciting and varying career opportunities across a range of fields. These career paths may vary, whether they require university qualifications or can be accessed by completing building and construction courses online. But they prove one thing, and that’s how much you have to gain by taking on further study.

About the author

Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer of Builders Academy Australia, which delivers qualifications in Building and Construction and related industries in Australia.

Over the past 13 years in the industry, he has developed a deep understanding of current and future workforce learning and development requirements. Andrew has worked with diverse cohorts including domestic and international students.