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Get your first job in building and construction with an online course

by Sarah MacDiarmid

**This is an updated post**

Having a trade under your belt can offer a whole load of varied – and often profitable – career opportunities.

If you’re weighing up a few different options before you commit to a career path, then consider joining the booming building and construction industry. Read on to find out more about this growing industry and where a building and construction course could take you.

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The building and construction industry offers plenty of opportunities for job seekers.

Learn lifelong skills for success with a building and construction course

Studying a VET course in building and construction could set you up for life.

Australia is seeing a surge in the need for qualified Tradies right now. This is because trainee and apprenticeship numbers have been falling for the last few years, but the need for new infrastructure in both rural and metropolitan areas continues to skyrocket.

The Australian federal government recently revealed that it would be investing a whopping $110 billion over 10 years in transport infrastructure across Australia. Working together with the states and territories, the government believes that this investment will help to better connect the different regions, improve road safety and alleviate congestion.

On top of this, Indeed revealed that among the top 21 most in-demand skilled trades jobs in Australia at the moment, many fall into the building and construction industry. Construction Managers, Plumbers, Electricians and Carpenters are just some of the jobs listed that are in high demand right now.

Joining the growing building and construction industry is one way to future-proof your career.

Here are some of the key skills and traits you need to be successful in the building and construction industry:

  • Sharp maths skills – you’ll need to have a basic understanding of maths and numbers, including algebra, in order to calculate costs, take the right measurements or order the right amount of supplies.
  • Good communication skills – having good communications skills is just as much about being able to listen to instructions as directing others. Good communication is pivotal to teamwork.
  • A keen eye for detail – when you’re dealing with important projects like constructing a building, it’s important to pay attention to even the smallest details. Skipping an important step could result in delays or even injuries.
  • Physical fitness – working on a construction site means that you’ll be on your feet for most of the day. It can be a demanding job that requires heavy lifting as well as mental alertness. The good thing is that your day job also doubles as a workout routine!

Is getting a qualification in building and construction worth it?

A lot of people will say that you don’t have to have a qualification to start work in the construction industry. And if you want to stay at Handyman level, this is correct. However, obtaining a qualification will officially vouch for your knowledge and skills. This could help open up potential job opportunities.

In addition to this, if you want to go on to become a licensed Builder most states will require you to have already completed a VET qualification.

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If you’re thinking of bginning a career in building and construction, a VET course is a great place to start.

Benefits of completing a VET qualification

A VET course can be a pathway to gaining an apprenticeship. A certificate II or III can give you the basic skills you need to start working on a building site and can help you decide if you want to specialise in a particular trade, like carpentry or joinery.

Starting with a certificate II or III will give a strong foundation on which to start your career or move on to further study.

The next level up from these qualifications would be a certificate IV or a diploma, such as the CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) or the CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building). These higher-level courses have been developed to take your skills to the next level and introduce you to more advanced topics, such as how to supervise and manage others.

Just left school? Give building and construction a go

If you’re thinking of pursing a role in the building and construction industry after you leave school, gaining an entry level qualification and moving onto an apprenticeship is the perfect place to start.

This is a growing industry that shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. The building and construction industry in Australia generates more than $360 billion in revenue each year, and it employs around 9% of the population. Over the next five years, it’s projected to grow by a further 2.4%.

And while building and construction has traditionally been a male dominated industry, figures show that more and more women are finding steady employment in this industry. According to the ABC, Australian female construction apprentices more than doubled from 2010 to 2020; and the overall number of women in construction roles increased from 44,583 in 2015 to 59,587 in 2020.

Why should I study an online construction course with OC?

At OC, all our courses are designed by vocational experts in consultation with industry professionals. This means that you’ll be learning in-demand, practical skills and knowledge employers are looking for today.

And while studying a practical course online might sound like a real challenge, we’ve designed our online courses in such a way as to offer you flexibility, convenience and expert knowledge courtesy of our certified Trainers and Assessors.

With the building and construction courses, you’ll also be able to get help with the practical stuff through TradeHub.

TradeHub is a brilliant tool for those who want an extra helping hand when working on assessments. It offers step-by-step instructions and tricks to help you succeed in your studies.

Tradehub clearly explains key concepts that you will need to understand to work in construction. It can help you work out area, volume, percentages, fractions, ratios, instructions, manuals and safety documents.

So whether you’re just starting out or thinking of changing careers, a qualification in construction can lead to a versatile, outdoor career that offers so much more than a standard 9-to-5 role.

Check out Open Colleges’ online building and construction qualifications here and discover where an exciting career in this growing industry could take you.

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