So, why bother doing training for the construction industry at all – especially advanced training like a Certificate IV? Surely it’s a better idea just to get the basics such as what a hammer is, and learn the rest on the job?
Well, not really. And here’s why.
As you are probably aware, there are benefits for going into the Construction Industry in general at the moment. They are as follows:
- The Construction Industry is expected to grow in the next couple years. Despite the economy being slightly shaky in recent years, the building sector has actually been doing relatively well in recent years (see the below diagrams). Whilst this is good news for everybody, it is especially good news for those who are highly trained in this industry, as they will be in high demand.
Diagram 1: Two charts indicating overall trends in the Construction Industry.
Diagram 2: Chart indicating the approval of the development of new dwellings, with seasonal adjustment.
- Not only is the industry growing and doing well for itself, but construction is actually carrying the Australian economy. Although there is caution in the construction industry at the moment, infrastructure spending and private sector building projects have actually helped stir the economy and kept it going well. It is also the fourth largest contributor to Australian Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
- Then there is the general fact that the Construction Industry leaves actual, long term-benefits for local communities. Outside of all these trends, there will always be a need for those with technical know-how and an ability to contribute in a positive fashion – and the more trained someone is, the better they are able to contribute to their local community.
It should be noted here that timing is the key. If you can get the right types of qualifications sooner – a Certificate IV is of course ideal – then you stand a better chance of reaping the rewards of this building and construction “boom”.
Beyond the lofty and more broad-stroke reasons for entering the construction industry (especially if you have higher training), there are reasons to ensure that you get specifically higher training in the first place.
- It looks good on a resume. This is a pretty standard reason, but a Certificate IV has coded into it advanced skills and knowledge – the equivalent of the first 12 months of a degree. This is something employers know and seek out, meaning that a Certificate IV will make you stand out.
- You learn advanced skills and knowledge. Obviously related to looking good is actually knowing the skills. A Certificate IV provides you not only with specific knowledge for your area of specialisation, but, with Traineeships Guru, you also learn how to successfully apply for your builders licence.
- Appearing trustworthy. Beyond looking good for your potential employers, having a Certificate IV makes you look responsible and trustworthy to potential clients. With negative stories about the construction industry often appearing in the media, you need to stand out. The sooner you get the qualifications and training, the faster you will be able to differentiate yourself from that crowd of unreliable builders.
- Learning how to start your own business. Whilst no qualification can guarantee a successful start-up business venture, learning about the common mistakes many small business owners make can be crucial in keeping your business afloat. A Certificate IV not only gives you the technical know-how, but can also help prepare you for life as a manager (or even, to a certain extent, a founder) of a small to medium business.
- Safety. Any course that updates you on the latest building techniques will also teach effective safety practices. This should translate into that extra vigilance needed at work, and, importantly, you will be responsible for the continuation (or introduction) of safe work practices that are applicable to your site.
- No Student On-Costs. In Victoria at present there are policies that focus on funding for eligible students, so it may be the case there are no student on-costs for the undertaking of the Certificate IV in Building & Construction. Furthermore, the flexible nature of the course means it can be undertaken after work, full time or even online at your own pace.
Overall, having qualifications is beneficial. There are a wealth of studies out there that highlight the fact that the higher your qualifications, the higher your income will be. But beyond that, we believe it is important to have a Certificate IV in the building industry, for the reasons noted above.
Importantly, it should be noted that not only is getting a Certificate IV a good idea, but getting it sooner rather than later will bring numerous benefits, such as being able to take advantage of the building “boom” expected in the next couple of years, being able to get started on a successful career sooner rather than later, and being able to get the qualifications and skills that will give you an edge over your competition faster.
Given the spotlight funding available in Victoria, for example, there may be no student on-costs (for those eligible students). So it is important to get into training soon – who knows how long these policies will last?
Seems like a pretty good idea to get that Certificate IV soon, doesn’t it?