Geelong’s bright future in Construction

If you have driven around Geelong you have probably seen the major construction work happening on commercial sites in the CBD such the new WorkSafe head office, Geelong Hospital, Epworth Hospital, Simonds Stadium, Deakin University, Bellarine Aquatic Centre, Geelong Fire Station, Belmont Ambulance Station, Leopold Shopping Centre plus many more over the last few years and if you have driven almost anywhere outside Geelong’s CBD you will have noticed several land and residential sites being developed such as Armstrong Creek, Mount Duneed, Highton, Fyansford, Curlewis and Point Lonsdale just to name a few.

The construction industry is one of the Geelong regions strongest industries in regards to employment and although some other industries in Geelong have slowed down or have changed, construction has remained steady for the last 5 years and government employment projections state that the industry in Geelong will even grow by 11.1% by the year 2020. (Source: Labour Market Information Portal)

In fact, over $1.2 billion worth of major construction and redevelopment is underway in Geelong and another $1.9 billion is awaiting commencement or is planned. In the previous 12 months alone there has been $745 million worth of construction across a wide range of industry sectors.  Beyond this date and excluded from those totals, Geelong is proving to be an area of further investment with the currently underway $750m Keystone Business Park expected to provide jobs for the next 10 – 15 years, the $20b LAND 400 project for the next 30 years and over $1.3b of confidential investment enquiries for the Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct that would create more than 1,065 jobs. (Source: Enterprise Geelong)

What does this mean for you? It means there are, and will be, plenty of opportunities for employment, that this industry should remain strong in the long term and is a great career choice if you possess the necessary qualities.

We recently held a Building & Construction Employer Panel here at The Skills and Jobs Centre where participants heard from 3 of Geelong’s major employers in the industry; Lyons Construction, Built and Rendine Construction.

Here are just some of the key points to come out of the event:

  • There is strong confidence in employment growth in the region with many upcoming projects and tenders forecast.
  • That the on-flow effect from all the construction taking place means a very wide range of job opportunities – from architecture, construction management, skilled and unskilled labouring, transport, earthmoving/mobile plant operation, carpentry, plumbing, roofing, electrical, scaffolding and many other trades, steel and timber fabrication, workplace safety, interior design, property law, engineering, environmental management to real estate and so on.
  • Trades and apprenticeships are an extremely important part of the industry but there are careers for all skill levels.
  • Even with university qualifications in construction employers prefer some level of hands-on experience and knowledge, even if this includes helping a family friend for a few days or doing some weekend work. According to Steve Lyons from Lyons Construction having that experience on building that door frame (for example) will enable you to better understand the process and time it takes to put door frames together and therefore enable you to manage your project more efficiently from estimating costs to the build itself.
  • That it is important to be flexible and adaptable which means being able to adjust your skills and thinking to different situations that may occur on a project.
  • What these companies look for in ALL employees are personal qualities such as work ethic, reliability, enthusiasm, team work and initiative. Your personal qualities will make you more employable than just having a qualification or certain skill.
  • If you are interested in starting out in the industry don’t be afraid to approach local builders or companies and see what opportunities might be available for you whether that be apprenticeships, labouring or even mentoring roles for university graduates.
  • Don’t be afraid to try different trades, skills and training and find the role that fits best. Having the extra knowledge and experience will also add to your employability.

In summary, the future is bright for anyone looking at getting into the industry. My advice is to be proactive and find out what training or jobs are available to you. You can contact local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers, contact an Apprenticeships Field Officer (AFO’s), speak with local businesses, ask family and friends for work experience, look at what RTO’s have to offer such as pre-apprenticeship courses, industry skills courses and ‘VET in School’ for high school students or come in and speak with the friendly staff here at the Skills & Jobs Centre who can provide you with information and help guide you in the right direction.

Useful links: http://www.thegordon.edu.au/future-students/apprenticeships-traineeships/contacts-and-useful-links

Written by Shai, our King of Industry. For help with Geelong industry information , book an appointment with Shai or any of the Skills & Jobs Centre’s advisors. 

 

How to find out what’s happening in your Industry.

Are you unsure of what is happening in your industry? Unsure of what to do to get into that job you want? Or what’s the next step??

Define and do your research, explore and ask! Take some time to list what information you are looking for and what you hope to gain from that information.

Researching examples

Step 1. I have experience in manufacturing, so what else can I do in the manufacturing industry?

Step 2. What do the job prospects look like for a particular role?

Step 3. That looks promising, so what skills do I need for this role?

Step 4. I do have those skills, so what qualifications or training do I need for this role?

Step 5. Okay, so where can I find an RTO that can provide this training?

Step 6. Make a positive plan that will make this possible!

Thank our lucky stars for the internet!!!! …. And of course your friendly informative staff at The Skills and Jobs Centres. There is a lot of information currently out there that can help you with some guidance around job prospects, job titles, weekly earnings, the latest statistics, skills and training, but it is just a matter of finding it.

Whether you are trying to find new career options, are already confident in your choice of career, have the experience and need information on how to expand on it I can recommend doing some research.

Contact or view industry body websites for a guide and information on occupations, industry size, and industry contacts. There is also migration information for workers in these industries.

Here is a list of the industries you can research:

  • Automotive
  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Biotechnology
  • Building and Construction
  • Defence Supply
  • Education
  • Energy Extraction and Generation
  • Engineering
  • Financial Services and Funds Management
  • Allied Health
  • Nursing
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Small Business

Find more information at: http://joboutlook.gov.au or https://myfuture.edu.au.

Of course the staff here at The Skills and Job Centre are always happy to help you with industry advice and career advice!

Written by Shai, our King of Industry. For help with industry information, book an appointment with Shai or any of the Skills and Jobs Centre advisors. 

Picture credit: Geralt

Job hunting got you down??

Unfortunately, for the majority of people rejection and unsuccessful applications are part and parcel of the job hunt. If you add some life stress on top of that it is easy to become disheartened and negative, but staying positive is a very important key to your job hunt success.

Here a few tips on how to keep positive.

  1. Preparation

One step to feeling positive is having confidence in your preparation, in particular your resume and cover letter. Your resume and cover letter are the first contact point for most job applications.

Make sure you to take the time to provide correct information and give details of the duties involved in your work history, any training and your personal attributes.

  1. Never dwell on rejection

It is important that if you’re unsuccessful you move on as quickly as possible and do your best not to take it personally because EVERYONE goes through the same rejection at some point in their job hunting experience. This can be hard for some but try to see every application or interview as a learning experience that will make you more confident for the next one. It also doesn’t hurt to ask for constructive feedback as to why you were not successful i.e. how you can improve your chances with future applications. Take that input and focus your efforts into other opportunities.

  1. Be your own biggest fan!!

Lastly and most importantly, value your own abilities and skills and be confident in knowing what you can bring to any organisation. This can be your training, your experience or even your personal attributes.

Don’t be afraid to use your life experience or achievements as transferable skills in the workplace. You may not have the training, but you may have natural ability dealing with people, time management skills as a parent or mechanical aptitude by fixing cars for your friends.

Ask friends and current or ex work colleagues what they think your strengths are too and this can give you extra insight and an added confidence boost.

Believe in yourself…Sounds corny I know, but it works!

Shai has a wide range of industry experience to help you in your job search, our King of Industry.

Written by Shai, our King of Industry. For help with finding a job, book an appointment with Shai or any of our helpful advisors.