You can build a ca­reer

Find the road to con­struc­tion, writes Cara Jenkin

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JOBS in civil con­struc­tion range from man­agers to gen­eral labour­ers and work­ers can po­ten­tially earn up to $200,000 a year.

Civil Train out­lines the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the in­dus­try and the best paths to get there.

What is civil con­struc­tion? Civil con­struc­tion com­pa­nies spe­cialise in spe­cific tasks such as drilling, trench­ing, lay­ing pipes, con­cret­ing, lay­ing bi­tu­men and un­der­tak­ing earth­works to pre­pare sites for fu­ture con­struc­tion.

Civil con­trac­tors play a ma­jor part in pre­par­ing and de­vel­op­ing projects large and small, in cities or re­mote ar­eas.

For ex­am­ple, work­ers can cre­ate roads to re­mote mines and com­mu­ni­ties or build the in­fra­struc­ture for a new build­ing.

What jobs are there? The in­dus­try em­ploys a range of skilled work­ers. Th­ese can be pro­fes­sion­als, such as man­agers, engi­neers, pro­ject man­agers and of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tors, or trades­peo­ple, gen­eral labour­ers and plant (ma­chin­ery) op­er­a­tors.

Work­ers can have com­pleted higher ed­u­ca­tion, an ap­pren­tice­ship or a trainee­ship to start their ca­reer.

Is there the chance for ca­reer pro­gres­sion? A trainee­ship in the civil con­struc­tion in­dus­try and com­plet­ing an en­try-level cer­tifi­cate II course can lead to a range of qual­i­fi­ca­tions at cer­tifi­cate III level.

Fur­ther cer­tifi­cate IV qual­i­fi­ca­tions can be ob­tained by study­ing in ar­eas such as op­er­a­tions, su­per­vi­sor and work­place health and safety.

Aver­age salaries range from $40,000 to $200,000 a year, de­pend­ing on the qual­i­fi­ca­tions, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence of the worker.

How can I start? A six-week cer­tifi­cate II pro­gram can be free to study un­der the State Govern­ment’s Skills for All ini­tia­tive and pro­vides the en­try level skills to get work in civil con­struc­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants of the Cer­tifi­cate II Civil Ready pro­gram un­der­take a range of na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited train­ing units that link to a cer­tifi­cate III qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

At Civil Train, the train­ing di­vi­sion of the Civil Con­trac­tors Fed­er­a­tion, train­ing is pro­vided in pur­pose-built mod­ern class­rooms, which fea­ture in­door and out­door prac­ti­cal train­ing ar­eas and plant train­ing sim­u­la­tors.

Where can I find out more: Con­tact Civil Train to dis­cuss the range of train­ing and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able – or book on­line for an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion.

You can tele­phone Civil Train, on 8111 8001 or check out the web­site, www.civil

LEARN­ING: Zak Faulkner uses the Civil Con­trac­tors Fed­er­a­tion train­ing cen­tre at The­bar­ton.

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