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Date PostedAugust 22, 2013

What the Residential Construction Increase means to you

I couldn’t help but notice reports in the media recently about how the construction sector in Oz has been steadily increasingly. Both the residential and commercial construction industries have seen a slight but stable increase in the last month according to reports by the Australian Industry Group-Housing Industry Association Performance of Construction Index figures.

Even slow growth is still growth and with this usually comes new opportunities for members of the industry. In fact it has been estimated that within the next 3 years the construction sector would have grown so much that the current rate at which new workers are entering the industry will be insufficient to support this growth. This skills shortage may result in more migrant labourers being brought into Oz on457 VISAs because the talent pool in Oz will not be sufficient to accommodate this growth in the construction sector.

Read what this post from Abc.net.au reported on the growth:

1093926-3x2-340x227The sector has not expanded for more than three years, and Housing Industry Association chief economist Harley Dale says while the improvement is welcome, the recovery is “fragile”.

Mr Dale says residential construction in particular strengthened last month, with both house and apartment building increasing.

“It’s pleasing to see three of the four elements of construction – the fourth being engineering, which was weaker this month – have actually moved in the right direction,” he said.

But Mr Dale believes consumers and businesses are delaying spending until they know the timing of this year’s federal election, and this uncertainty is hampering the recovery.

“The sooner we can know of an election date the better,” he said.

“And I think the sooner we get some more certainty back out there, the sooner we’ve got the prospect of some further recovery coming through in areas like residential construction.”

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-05/construction-slump-wanes/4801336

Obviously growth in the industry will mean that those workers already in the industry will have more opportunities, more growth potential and career advancement. Basically workers will be in high demand and so will be able to find work on sites anywhere in the country.

The government has even made it easier for workers to expand their horizons by seeking work on sites in any state without having to undergo additional safety training.

Workers who have completed the White Card Construction Induction Training will be able to work in any state because this qualification is now nationally recognised.

One of the issues that must be mentioned when we speak of the growth expected in the construction industry is the need to place safety ahead of productivity every time. No matter how busy construction companies become, safety should always be the first priority. Neglecting safety is not the way to improve productivity!

For young people looking for a rewarding and fulfilling career, both male and female, the construction sector offers a wealth of opportunities and a multitude of different jobs to choose from, each with their own merits. However workers who enter the construction must first and foremost complete their basic safety training to enable them to work on a construction site in Oz.

This training in the form of the White Card is easy to obtain and can be completed right here on our site, from the comfort of your home. Visit our homepage now for more information or to register.

 

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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