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How To Get A Job In Construction?

Enjoy action-orientated work roles and being outside of the office, then why not consider a career in building and construction?

In this article, we outline everything there is to know on how to prepare for a job in construction without formal work experience including education and certification requirements, apprenticeship opportunities to grow your experience, resume advice and the best platforms for job searching.

Education & Training

A job in construction project management, project development or anything similar can be a rewarding role. While most entry level construction jobs do not require experience, obtaining training and industry knowledge along the way can significantly advance your career in this field. Education and training options for you to consider include:

Short-Term Courses

If you have a general university degree and already possess a minimum of one year of work experience from completing apprenticeships, you can gain industry knowledge by taking short courses such as the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (CPC40110) or Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (CPC50210).

The Certificate IV course will equip you with the fundamental skills needed to obtain to work on different construction sites as per your state’s building requirements and earning your building licence. 

Arm your qualification with a Diploma of building and construction course to work as a construction manager in commercial and residential settings.


Take Online University Courses

If you are considering more managerial positions or have some time for personal study, reinforce your short-term qualifications by undertaking an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, or project management at a registered educational facility.


Consider Signing Up For An Apprenticeship

Consider applying for an apprenticeship program as an aspiring construction employee. Many apprenticeships offer on-the-job and classroom instruction in specialist construction fields. Most apprenticeships take two to four years to complete and give you the chance to learn fundamental skills. You also get paid during your apprenticeship, so you do not have to find another job to earn money as you learn.


Consider a Masters in Construction Management
This specialised online degree is perfect for working professionals looking to advance their careers in the building industry, giving job candidates flexibility for full-time or part-time study. 

Construction management programs such as New School Arches are designed to prepare graduates (of all ages and backgrounds) for success in Australia's fastest-growing industries. This master's course educates  students in basic instruction across all segments of the construction industry, equip them with the proper skill set to tackle large construction projects and prepare for the future challenges in business management and architecture. 


Undergo Management Training

A significant part of working in construction is learning how to listen to peers and have capable communication when it comes to conveying information to clients and teams. 

Leadership and management programs can ensure you have the competencies necessary to lead effectively. These include the capacity to persuade others and think outside of the box when it comes to people issues. 

You may assess your present skill set against what you have gained as a result of your new capabilities, allowing you to identify where you need improvement.


Obtain The Necessary Certifications

Construction employees in Australia must hold the following certifications while working in building and construction. We list the following accreditations below:

Obtain a 'White card' (Construction Induction Card)

The White Card is a compulsory credential for all people working in the construction industry. It allows construction workers to be eligible to complete tasks on different job sites.

A White Card also indicates that you have completed General Construction Induction training with a registered Australian organisation. To find out which licensing body is required in your state or territory, check your state's building registration regulations.

Apply for a Building Project Management Services Licence (Construction Project Manager Licence)

This is an invaluable licence to hold if you are contemplating on working in construction project management. This can be made available to you at the Australian Business Licence and Information Service, and allows employees to work as an independent construction project manager.

This licence allows construction workers to provide the following for a consumer or a principal, for all classes of building work including: 

  • Administration Services
  • Advisory Services
  • Management Services (other than the scheduling of building work and coordinating the scheduling of building work by building contractors as an agent for another person).
  • Engage but not supervise a builder to complete work on behalf of a client.

Please note: This licence varies throughout the country. Check and complete the builder registration requirements with your state's licensing body.

Create a Skill-Focused Resume

Finding a construction job without formal experience comes with a little creativity on your part.

Make a resume that not only matches the role you are looking for but also puts a spotlight on your soft skills. Concentrate on any abilities that could benefit the project and the employer. 

Here are some key skills for this profession (if you have them, write them down!): 

  • Ability to lead effectively: Construction managers must have excellent leadership abilities. They must be able to delegate tasks, identify industry trends, encourage employees to achieve success, and hold them accountable for outcomes.

  • Keen risk management: Construction projects have the potential to cause delays or overruns in budget and timeline. A construction manager should be able to identify risks and suggest solutions to reduce the chances of problems occurring.

  • Strong communication skills: This skill is helpful in all sectors, but it is particularly essential in construction, where misinterpretation has significant consequences — such as delayed project completion or a worker being sent to the incorrect location resulting in a safety incident.

  • Ability to learn and adapt: The construction sector is constantly evolving, with new projects differing from one another. When possible, a construction manager must be able to acquire knowledge from on-the-job expertise and adapt to new technological trends. 

Connect with the Right People

Whether you are looking to get into contract administration or have your eye on a junior project manager position, it is always beneficial to contact the right people and build your employment network.

Reach out to your network and see if anyone you know can assist you in entering the construction business. Being straightforward about your career objectives may help you use your time more efficiently and ensure that you locate the open position you want. Someone may be able to introduce you to someone who needs assistance with carpentry, sheet metal work, or building and construction inspection if you are fortunate.

While professional networking sites like LinkedIn, Indeed and Seek are great starting points for job searching, it may be more advantageous for you if you get in touch with specialist recruiters in the building and construction industry.

Specialist recruiter companies will not only be able to answer any burning questions you have, but have staff that are proficient and knowledgeable across a diverse range of industries. They work closely with job seekers to find the best placement that aligns with their career aspirations and provide useful tips into the construction recruitment process.

Now that we have covered all there is to learn about getting into the construction industry, let our experienced consultants do the searching for you. 

Even without formal work experience, we can find you the best roles with the best companies. Get in touch with us today!


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