Before you go out looking for a job in the construction industry there are a few things that you should make sure you have done. The first is to get your construction industry white card which you can get online rather fast and easy with the white card online course. Once you have got this card, then you need to do some preliminary and essential research into the job market so that you can get out there and start making a solid income. But this is essential, you don’t want to just go out into the market and get the first job that comes your way. If you are like me, then you will want to go out and get a job that will allow you to earn a lot and have a lot of fun. This first article displays a skills shortage which is seen in Australia, and specifically to do with Heritage listed buildings and their upkeep. Essentially, what is needed is stonework, traditional plastering and stained glass conservation.
Skills shortage puts heritage at risk
Sandstone ruins of church at Port Arthur, Tasmania Sep 1996. ruins/Tasmania Source: The Advertiser
A SHORTAGE of old fashioned building skills in Tasmania could put 40 per cent of Australia’s heritage-listed buildings at risk of falling into disrepair.
The state’s building industry training board has warned the know-how needed to conserve a huge list of heritage properties is fast disappearing.
Tasmania is home to around 5500 heritage-listed buildings, which account for 40 per cent of all such buildings in the country.
The Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board has commissioned research on the demand for skills like stonework, traditional plastering and stained glass conservation.
“If we actually add in the properties that aren’t registered, I’d suggest that Tasmania probably has even a larger proportion than that,” board chairman David Hudson told reporters on Monday.
“All of those are obviously deteriorating over time, and if we get to a stage where the skills needed to repair and remediate these buildings aren’t available then, yes, they are all at risk.”
Mr Hudson said the problem existed throughout Australia, citing a 2010 report on Victoria, which has 14 per cent of Australia’s heritage properties.
“Perhaps it’s perceived as an older skill, one that’s not needed any more,” he said.
“Property owners are actually finding it difficult to find these practitioners, which means either the work isn’t done or, sometimes even worse, it’s done by someone who hasn’t got the appropriate skills which actually makes the deterioration worse.”
Researcher Andrew Jones said a small but highly skilled workforce was needed to replace ageing tradesmen close to retirement.
“The main driver of heritage skills training in the state at the moment is personal interest,” Mr Jones said.
“We need to try to make sure that maybe there’s some more formal training available for the younger tradesmen and women.
“If we don’t act now, I think in 10, 15 years’ time we’ll have a situation where we no longer have highly skilled specialist heritage practitioners available to do work on properties.”
The research is due to be completed in mid-May.
The next article is rather simple, it describes a fairly important job opportunity for you, and any construction workers who may be looking for jobs. It describes how the ACTU (Australian Commission for Trades and Unions) is planning to have all buildings in Australia free of Asbestos in the next few coming years. This means that there will be a large expanse of jobs in the coming years that will be designed to clear asbestos out of buildings, and this is something that you can take advantage of, so long as you have the right qualifications. This includes having the ohs white card course card, which you can get fast and straightforward online.
|AUSTRALIA’S buildings must be asbestos free by 2030 regardless of the cost of the widespread removal of the deadly construction product, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) says. ACTU president Ged Kearney today called for an independent asbestos authority to be established to carry out a nationwide audit and removal of the material which can cause terminal lung diseases.Ms Kearney could not put a price-tag on a national removal scheme but said the cost was irrelevant.”The cost of lives… cannot be measured in dollar terms. We must put resources into this and we must make absolutely sure we get Australia asbestos free.”
Asbestos was mined and widely used in Australian buildings, primarily in cement sheeting, from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Exposure to asbestos caused over 9000 cases of the terminal cancer mesothelioma between 1982 and 2006, the ACTU says.
“To achieve this we’re going to need a national audit of all asbestos containing material with government buildings and dumps as a priority,” she told reporters in Melbourne.
“We want a prioritised removal program starting with government owned sites and we want to make sure asbestos is only removed by licenced removalists.”
So if you want to be able to work anywhere around Australia and take advantage of opportunities like this, then get online and complete the white card training online. This will allow you to work anywhere in Australia and on any construction site, unlike the previous cards that were available. So take advantage of this new opportunity and find employment anywhere in Australia, so long as you get online and complete the white card course!