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Construction, Plumbing and Services

To be employed in any of these sectors starting as an apprentice or trainee is a great way to get your foot in the door.  Even with the rise and fall with the building and construction industry there will always be work as there are so many different pathways you can take advantage of. You have the options of running your own business, managing large infrastructure projects and even becoming CEO of a large construction company!

What does this industry cover?

The push to reduce waste and have more sustainable living and working environments has meant that there are changes happening in the construction industry as a whole.

New technology includes, Building Information Modelling (BIM) which can give users 3D imagery and  tracks the construction process from start to finish: pre-fabrication, and smart and green technology which will all require new skills and new job opportunities.

Most occupations in this industry are listed on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL). They include: Bricklayer, Cabinet Maker, Capenter, Carpenter and Joiner, Fibrous Plaster, Joiner, Painter, Roof Tiler, Signwriter, Solid Plaster, Stonemason, and Wall and Floor Tiler.

Job hunting information

Skills that you may need to work in this industry are: working in confined spaces, working at heights, having good strength and balance and being able to read technical drawings.

Large companies normally recruit once or twice a year so it is important that you set yourself up with job alerts for the companies you might like to work for.

Smaller businesses often don’t have the time or resources to advertise so contacting the employer directly, such as door knocking, is a great way to secure an apprenticeship.

With increased technology and automation, new skills are required such as digital, analytical and software skills.

Make sure you have a white card so that you are ready to work on site.

There is a shortage of skilled tradespeople in these industries.

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Information for further research

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a large industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2018, commencements were: 23 471

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2018 in this industry have remained stable, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a medium to large sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has increased.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is medium.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

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