Originally published: news.com.au
AFTER receiving their high school results over the past fortnight, graduates across Australia will be thinking long and hard about their options.
But while they’re going through their course options and preparing job applications, anxious about the dwindling graduate employment rate and competition for positions, there’s one category of jobs that will likely be overlooked.
Analysis by jobs website Adzuna has revealed the jobs that Australians just aren’t interested in, with trades and construction coming out on top.
With minimal qualifications required, you’d think trades would be a popular choice.
The report showed that while jobs advertised in the construction industry has increased by 10 per cent, apprenticeship commencements were down 5.6 per cent year on year.
Adzuna CEO Raife Watson called on schools to remind students of the option of vocational education and training as an alternative to university.
“Despite reports that the residential construction boom in Sydney is starting to wind down, we continue to see growth year-on-year in advertised vacancies across a wide selection of job roles in trades and construction,” he said.
“The primary concern for the construction industry is the continued decline in apprenticeship commencement rates.”
Mr Watson said there was a “stigma” associated with TAFE studies and apprenticeships that Australia needed to work to remove.
“Twenty-three university graduates compete for each role, whereas in some Australian states, two jobs are available for all qualified apprentices,” he said.
“I expect this number to increase in the coming years as apprenticeship numbers continue to decline.”
In South Australia, where school leavers’ results were released this morning, graduates are being urged to consider taking on a trade or traineeship.
Business SA says apprenticeships and traineeships are viable career options as Australia faces a skills shortage across a range of industries.
Sharyn Davies, from Apprenticeship Support Australia which is administered by Business SA, said a high score in year 12 is not a guarantee for future success.
“It’s more important for young people to follow their passions,” she said.
“When we are doing something that aligns with our strengths, skills and passions, we have a higher level of wellbeing and are more likely succeed in building a successful career.”
The Certificate II in Construction (CPC20112) is commonly referred to as a pre-apprenticeship course because it helps students become apprentices. FCTA – Building Careers has been running pre-apprenticeship courses for over 15 years. We now have graduates from our pre-apprentice courses hiring their own apprentices!
Students will have the opportunity to gain an introduction into the following trades:
- Scaffolding (up to 4m)
We have employers currently seeking apprentices. For your best opportunity at gaining an apprenticeship employers are generally seeking the following:
- Good work ethic
- Drivers license and car
- Able to follow instructions
Most seek applicants under 21 but some adult apprenticeships are available, and skilled labourers are always wanted. To book a place in the course email us at [email protected] or call 8367 5615. Applicants will be asked to attend a short interview followed by a tour of the facility by our trainers. To check your eligibility for WorkReady funding, visit http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/training-learning/check-your-eligibility. Payment plans are available for students not eligible for Government funding.
Our next pre-apprenticeship course will be starting Tuesday May 30th at Holden Hill. If you are looking for an apprenticeship in South Australia, this is the course to give yourself the best chance possible. FCTA – Building Careers also trains apprentices, so students in the Certificate II in Construction (CPC20112) have the opportunity to work next to apprentices and find out about being an apprentice.
The pre-apprenticeship course focuses on the following trades:
- Scaffolding (up to 4m)
- Introductory Concreting
We have strong links to the industry and are in direct contact with builders who currently, or previously have had apprentices. Often they will come to us directly for a recommendation on who to hire. While industry work experience isn’t mandatory for the Certificate II in Construction, we strongly encourage it and assist students to find places. This has been the way many of our students have secured apprenticeships.
This course is currently funded by WorkReady for eligible students, and by TGSS for students over 16 who are still at High School or are part of the ‘FLO’ programme. To check your eligibility click here
To book a time to come in and discuss the course call us on 8367 5615 or email: [email protected]
By popular demand we have developed a short 3 hour course in Waterproofing. Our first course will be on Tuesday 28th February 2017 from 5pm – 8pm for $100. This is a classroom based course that will cover:
- Building Code requirements
- Complete review of AS3740 and discussion
- Case studies & examples of failures
- Product demonstrations, latest systems & review of manufacturers requirements
- Q&A discussion group
The course will be held at FCTA – Building Careers, 15 Jacobsen Crs Holden Hill in South Australia. To book in and pay click here.
We currently have Bricklayers and Tilers looking to hire apprentices. They are after ‘work ready’ apprentices, people who have some basic skills and are aware of what working in the building industry is like. The Certificate II in Construction (CPC20112) is an excellent course that provides students with an introduction to the following trades:
- Bricklaying (2 employers currently looking for apprentices as of 31/1/2017
- Tiling (4 tilers looking for apprentices as of 31/1/2017)
- Plastering (labourers positions appearing regularly on gumtree)
- Concreting (2 employers seeking labourers)
- Scaffolding – up to 4metres (shortage of scaffolders in Adelaide – especially around festival/ major event times)
Employers contact us directly looking for students to recommend. We also check adverts for jobs every morning and have close industry ties to give students extra guidance. Applicants will have the opportunity to see other pre-apprentices in action on the trade floor. Students will be working side by side with existing apprentices so they can discuss the industry, find out what life as a tradie is like, and see how over time how their skills develop.
If you are interested in applying, please email [email protected] or call 8367 5615.
Looking for an apprenticeship? Employers actively seek people who have completed are pre-apprenticeship course, or who are currently enrolled. We have employers calling asking for students to recommend. The Certificate II in Construction provides an introduction to a range of trades with the aim of having students gain apprenticeships or labouring work in the industry.
The course focuses on the following trades:
- Scaffolding (up to 4m)
The next course starts 24/01/17 and runs for 10 weeks. Other courses will be run starting on 07/02/2017 & 28/03/2017. Courses are held at 15 Jacobsen Crs Holden Hill. Eligible students will have course fees covered by WorkReady, for those ineligible the course costs $2500 with payment plans available. Starting time is 8am, Tuesday – Friday. If you are interested in the course please call us on 8367 5616 or email [email protected]
We have employers currently looking to hire bricklaying and tiling apprentices. Your best chance to get ahead of other apprenticeship applicants is to enrol in a Certificate II in Construction course. This course is commonly referred to as a pre-apprentice course because employers want students who have had some training and experience in construction.
The FCTA – Building Careers course focuses on developing practical hand skills in bricklaying, tiling, plastering and concreting. Students will also learn how to assemble scaffolding up to 4 metres. The course runs for 10 weeks, starting 11/10/2016 – 16/12/2016 and will be held at 15 Jacobsen Crs Holden Hill in South Australia.
There are a limited number of government-funded places available for eligible students. Students over 16 currently at high school may be eligible to enrol if they are motivated about finding an apprenticeship. Payment plans are also available for people not eligible for funded places. For any questions, or to book in for a place call us on 8367 5615 or email [email protected]
Our popular pre-apprenticeship course is starting again in July. Register your interest by calling us on 0883675615 or email [email protected] This course offers successful students the Certificate II in Construction qualification, and a headstart in gaining an apprenticeship. Many employers seek out students from this course for apprenticeships.
The course will be delivered at 15 Jacobsen Crs Holden Hill in South Australia. The estimated start date should be in July 2016. The course will run Tuesday – Friday for 10 weeks. Students will complete tasks in bricklaying, tiling, plastering, concreting and scaffolding.
This course and students may be eligible for government funding under WorkReady. Eligibility is restricted to students over 17, who have not previously completed any qualifications higher than a Certificate I. School students over 16 may be eligible under either FLO funding or TGSS. Speak to your school VET co-ordinator for more information.
Looking for an apprenticeship? Many employers seek out apprentices who have completed a Pre-apprenticeship course. The Certificate II in Construction (CPC20112) offers an introduction to bricklaying, tiling, plastering, concreting and scaffold. It gets students work ready, and gives them an advantage over other people applying for apprenticeships. The course runs for 10 weeks, Monday – Friday 8am – 3:30pm at 15 Jacobsen Crs Holden Hill. Call us to arrange an interview on 83675615 or email [email protected]
FCTA – Building Careers has strong ties to the industry, with many employers contacting us directly for recommendations. The course sets out to develop hands on skills in the trade, as well an instilling the importance of punctuality, following directions, and a good work ethic.
The building industry is Australia’s third largest industry, behind only mining and finance, and produces around 8% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), in value added terms. It comprises over 330,000 businesses nationwide and directly employs over one million people (around 9% of the total workforce). It produces the buildings and infrastructure that are essential to the operation of all other industries, adds to the wealth and capital stock of the nation and underpins the productivity improvements that are necessary to support our future prosperity and incomes.
The course is funded by WorkReady for eligible applicants, visit http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/training-learning/check-your-eligibility for more information. This is a STL course, that is also funded under the TGSS scheme. For ineligible applicants a payment plan can be arranged.