Learn about the Construction sector
Growing industries change over time, but if you know where employment opportunities will be in the future, you can prepare yourself with the right training and experience to take the next step in your career.
Workskil Australia’s ‘Industry Spotlight’ series will examine the key aspects of Australia’s largest employing industries, so you know what to do to open yourself to new opportunities. The next in our series will focus on the construction industry.
Is this industry right for me?
Do you like practical, hands-on work? Working in the construction industry provides a lot of variety and exciting opportunities to build projects for the future. There are also a number of benefits including:
- Every day is different – Every construction site will bring new challenges. You will also be able to change things up with every new project.
- Teamwork - You will depend on everyone in your team to get the job done. This includes collaborating when things don’t go to plan and you need to overcome obstacles and fix problems.
- Taking pride in your work – How many people can point at a building and say ‘I helped to build that’? No matter what it is, what you build matters to your local community.
How many jobs are there?
With so much investment in infrastructure, construction is one of the largest employing industries in Australia, with significant growth in recent years. While this growth has slowed recently, the Department of Employment, Skills, Family and Small Business  state that ‘construction is projected to have above average employment growth (10%) over the next five years to May 2023.’ This equates to over 100,000 projected new jobs nationally in the industry.
What kind of jobs are there?
- Carpenters/Joiner – Construct, install, renovate and repair fixtures made of wood. This includes plywood, wall board and other materials. 
- Electrician – Design, assemble, install, maintain and repair electrical networks. This includes equipment, appliances and facilities for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes, and service and repair lifts, escalators and related equipment.
- Plumber - Install, maintain and repair pipes, drains, guttering and metal roofing.
What qualifications and experience do I need?
To enter the industry you will either require a Certificate III related to your trade, complete an apprenticeship or have extensive previous experience. Relevant training is available through registered VET (Vocational Education and Training) providers. Here are some of the most common qualifications for the construction industry:
- Certificate III in Civil Construction RII30915 (for labourers)
- Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413 (for plumbers)
- Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30211 (for carpenters/joiner)
- Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician UEE30811 (for electricians)
You will also require a Construction Induction Card (White Card) and a national police check.
How much will I get paid?
The expected salary for a construction labourer is between $40k and $50k .
Are you interested?
If you are interested in working in the construction industry, talk to your consultant or call 1300 967 575 to determine if you’re eligible for our service.
- Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, 2019 “Australian Jobs 2019” https://docs.employment.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/australianjobs2019.pdf
- Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, 2018 “Construction” https://joboutlook.gov.au/FutureOfWork
- Fairwork Ombudsman, 2019 “Pay Calculator” https://calculate.fairwork.gov.au/CheckPay/Summary