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5 reasons you should consider becoming a tradie in 2022

The building and construction industry continues to be one of the biggest and fastest-growing sectors in Australia. It employs around 1.2 million people and generates more than $360 billion in revenue. If you are considering becoming a tradie in 2022, here are 5 reasons to make the jump.

1. Tradies are in high demand

Australians have saved a huge amount of money during the pandemic, as lockdowns and border closures wreaked havoc on travel and entertainment plans. Research from Hipages, an online services company, found 83% of Australians saved an average of $1183 a month during lockdowns, and many people are starting to tip their money into home renovations. Tradies will be in demand in a range of roles such as carpentry, plumbing, plastering, and building.

2. It can be a lucrative career

Working as a tradie not only affords good job security, but it can also be a lucrative career. A survey by ServiceSeeking.com found more than 25% of Australian tradies earned more than $100,000 a year. If you aspire to become a licensed builder and work for yourself, you could potentially charge up to $150/hour for your work, according to service.com.

3. Be your own boss

If you are interested in having the freedom to work for yourself, becoming a tradie can give you that opportunity. For example, in Queensland close to 99% of construction businesses are either people working as sole traders (60%) or small businesses with 1-19 employees (39%).

5 reasons you should consider becoming a tradie in 2022
Source: Construction Skills Queensland

Overall, there are close to 410,000 construction businesses across Australia, with the majority either sole traders or small businesses.

4. Strong sense of job satisfaction

Working as a tradie can offer you a great sense of job satisfaction. A recent study of construction workers found 65% rated their job satisfaction between 8 and 10 on a scale of 1-10, and the average score for the group was 7.9.

A similar study also found 56% of tradies loved their job, compared to just 37% across other industries. Tradies listed interacting with customers, learning something new, working outdoors, job variety, and seeing visible accomplishments as some of the reasons they loved their work.

5. You can get qualified fast

One of the best reasons to become a tradie is you can do it quickly. Whereas studying a degree can take upwards of three years, completing an online building and construction course may take less time.

The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40110 is the perfect course for someone looking to grow their practical building skills and knowledge, and completing it can help you meet the technical requirements to apply for a builders licence* in most state and territories in Australia.

If you want to launch your career as a tradie in 2022, fill out the form below to speak to one of our Education Consultants who can find the right course for you.

*Please refer to your local building authority for details regarding builders licence applications

Sources: National Skills Commission, news.com, Service.com, Construction Skills Queensland, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Newswire, Insight DIY

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How will the removal of the head contractor exemption in Queensland affect construction work?

Head contractor licensing reforms in Queensland have been postponed to July 2022 and will have a significant impact on construction work in the state.

If you are currently working with/for a construction company, or own a property development company and don’t have a QBCC licence, continue reading.

What are the current licensing requirements under the QBCC Act?

The QBCC Act commonly requires that an entity or individual need a suitable QBCC licence to carry out construction work.

Reforms to the Act in 2013 allowed unlicensed head contractors and property developers to contract out construction work to licensed subcontractors, and therefore be exempt from the penalties usually associated with doing unlicensed building work in Queensland.

When are the exemptions being removed?

The Queensland parliament passed legislation in 2020 to remove the head contractor licensing reforms, which was due to commence on July 24, 2021. But this has been postponed to July 24, 2022.

What does this mean for head contractors and property developers?

If you are a head contractor or a property developer, you should strongly consider obtaining a QBCC licence to ensure you are able to carry out construction work. It also worth reviewing contracts and documents to study what, if any, “building work” is included and if you need to make any changes.

What does this mean for subcontractors?

If you are a subcontractor, you should consider whether head contractors hold an appropriate QBCC licence prior to undergoing any building work together. The changes will essentially mean: no licence, no pay.

How to get qualified?

Becoming a licensed builder in Queensland will require you to meet technical requirements, such as industry experience and qualifications, and a range of character assessments.

If you need to complete an online building course to ensure you meet the technical requirements to obtain a QBCC licence, get in touch to discuss your options.

Source: QBCC, McCollough Robertson

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How to start a career as a Site Supervisor in Queensland

Have you been thinking of starting a career as a Site Supervisor in Queensland, but you aren’t sure what experience or qualifications you need to kickstart a career in the construction industry?

In Queensland, working as a Site Supervisor provides a pathway for industry entrants, as you do not need any building or construction experience. A Site Supervisor licence is essentially a “P plate” builders licence if you are also interested in obtaining a full builders licence in the future.

To begin your construction career, here’s what you need to know before you get started – including which online building courses can potentially help you get there.

1. Site Supervisors in high demand ahead of big-ticket projects in Queensland

There are more than 245,000 construction workers in Queensland, making it the second largest industry in the state, and it is expected to increase to around 300,000 by the end of the decade. Infrastructure work for the Brisbane 2032 summer Olympics, and other big-ticket projects like the Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro will fuel a surge in demand for builders and tradies across the state, and Site Supervisors will be needed to oversee and coordinate the operations of building sites.

2. Site Supervisors can earn up to $110,000 a year

You can potentially earn upwards of $110,000 a year working as a Site Supervisor in Queensland, although you are more likely to start at around $75,000 a year as an entry level Site Supervisor.

2. Site Supervisors can earn up to $110,000 a year
Source: SEEK

3. Be the hero for monitoring the progress of construction projects

Working as a Site Supervisor you will monitor the progress of building and construction projects and ensure compliance with work health and safety regulations. You’ll be responsible for assessing hazards and risks and conducting inspections. Site Supervisors help coordinate deliveries of materials and equipment and supervise other employees and subcontractors. Other tasks may include:

• Developing and implementing systems and procedures that enable tradespeople and employees to carry out their tasks in the most efficient way
• Arranging preventative maintenance of machinery as required
• Working closely with senior management and stakeholders to ensure a safe and efficient operations of the site
• Maintaining accurate records

4. Learn a range of skills to forge a successful career

While no experience is required, you will still need a range of skills to forge a successful career as a Site Supervisor in Queensland and apply for your QBCC licence, such as:

• Sound knowledge of building and construction codes and regulations
• Understanding of safety regulations and WHS policies
• Leadership skills
• Strong analytical skills
• Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
• Excellent communication and time-management skills

One of the best ways to ensure you meet the technical requirements to apply for your QBCC licence is by studying an online building course, such as the Low Rise Site Supervisor Queensland course. Completing the course will equip you with the relevant skills and knowledge needed to start your career in the building and construction industry in Queensland. You’ll be getting current industry standards training in areas such as:

• Leading team effectiveness
• Planning building or construction work
• Reading and interpreting plans and specifications
• Applying legal requirements to building and construction projects

5. Queensland is the only state that offers this opportunity

Queensland is the only state that offers the Site Supervisor licence. The building and construction industry in Queensland is regulated by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission, who issue builders licences. Their guidelines state you must hold a QBCC Site Supervisor licence to lawfully supervise building work, regardless of whether you are an employee or a contractor.

If you think you’re ready to start your building career in Queensland, you can take a FREE skills assessment now or get in touch with one of our Education Consultants for a free consultation.

Sources: Queensland Treasury, SEEK, QBCC, Talent