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Construction, Plumbing and Services

Overview

General Construction makes the homes we live in, the schools and hospitals on which we rely, and the commercial and industrial buildings where we work and shop.

What does this industry cover?

  • Bricklaying/blocklaying and stonemasonry
  • Carpentry, joinery, shop fitting and stairs
  • Plumbing - Mechanical services, roof plumbing, gas fitting and fire protection, hydraulic services design
  • Formwork/falsework, concreting and paving
  • Demolition, dogging, rigging and scaffolding
  • Roof tiling, waterproofing
  • Signage
  • Painting and decorating
  • Solid plastering, and wall and ceiling lining
  • Wall and floor tiling
  • Water proofing
  • Stonemasonry
  • Swimming pool and spa building
  • Crane operations

Industry Information

The Construction Plumbing and Services industry employs over 123,000 people with the majority of the workforce (more than 93%) working for small businesses with less than three employees.

Employment will continue to grow in the construction industry due to very low interest rates and the housing needs of Australia’s steadily growing population and economy. Employment is expected to grow over the coming years.

Apprenticeship and Traineeship commencements are very good in this industry.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 23 040

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

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This industry is positioned within the following groups.

Industry

Building & Construction

Work Type

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

Construction, Plumbing and Services has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

Practice Aptitude Quizzes

These resources illustrates the maths and literacy needed to complete the entry level training in this sector.

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Watch Aaron talk about his Painting and Decorating Pre-Apprenticeship

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Watch Bailey talk about his Brick Laying Pre-Apprenticeship

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Hear Ben talk about his Carpentry Apprenticeship.

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Listen to Jack, talk about his Plastering Apprenticeship.

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Information

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.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 

Industry

  • Master Builders of Australia

Employer Sites

  • Hutchinson Builders
  • WATPAC