Out­doors in the CBD

Work­ers look­ing for jobs in the cen­tral busi­ness district need not be re­stricted to a desk in an of­fice, Ca­reerOne Edi­tor Cara Jenkin re­ports.

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WORK­ERS do not need to be chained to a desk in an of­fice job to be em­ployed in Ade­laide’s cen­tral busi­ness district.

A range of jobs in the ser­vice and sup­port in­dus­tries are avail­able to staff who en­joy work­ing with their hands or be­ing out­doors.

De­mand for these work­ers is in­creas­ing be­cause more of­fice work­ers are be­ing based in the city in new build­ings and of­fice staff seek greater con­ve­nience near their work.

STAFF who want to work in the city but shy away from desk jobs can find a va­ri­ety of em­ploy­ment. From couri­ers to main­te­nance crews and me­chan­ics, there is an in­creas­ing num­ber of jobs for those who do not want to work in an of­fice.

Excel Re­cruit­ment na­tional sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager Nigel Smart says new build­ings are draw­ing new of­fice work­ers to the cen­tral busi­ness district.

‘‘A lot of the jobs are cre­ated that ride on the back of those par­tic­u­lar in­fra­struc­ture projects,’’ he says.

‘‘That brings a range of dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries into the city.’’

Most jobs cre­ated are in hos­pi­tal­ity at cafes, sandwich bars and restau­rants, which can cater ex­clu­sively to week­day break­fast and lunchtime crowds and are lo­cated in cor­po­rate ar­eas of the city, or can be an ex­ten­sion of trad­ing at more pop­u­lar night and week­end eater­ies.

Mr Smart says many in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion technology com­pa­nies also are lo­cated in the city cen­tre, to be close to the large num­ber of of­fices.

‘‘Ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties are one of those which are quite abun­dant, cater­ing for over­seas stu­dents but also lo­cal stu­dents,’’ he says.

An in­creas­ing num­ber of work­ers is needed in ser­vice in­dus­tries, such as shoe re­pair­ers and newsagents, as city work­ers seek con­ve­nience in the face of longer work­ing hours.

Even car deal­er­ships are hir­ing more staff to keep up with the de­mand for car ser­vic­ing. CMI Toy­ota’s ser­vice depart­ment opened a larger work­shop at its West Ter­race fa­cil­ity in Fe­bru­ary to en­able it to ser­vice more ve­hi­cles. Gen­eral man­ager Roy Marando says it has recorded an in­crease in work com­ing from em­ploy­ees based in the city as well as fleet ve­hi­cles of city busi­nesses.

‘‘The ex­pan­sion of the CBD – busi­ness and res­i­den­tial – is gen­er­at­ing more work for CMI West Ter­race as peo­ple look for con­ve­nient ve­hi­cle-ser­vice op­tions,’’ he says. ‘‘Many cus­tomers will drop their ve­hi­cle off be­fore work, take ad­van­tage of our CBD shut­tle ser­vice or cour­tesy cars and then re­turn to col­lect their ve­hi­cle af­ter work.’’

To fur­ther keep up with its in­creas­ing de­mand, the com­pany is re­cruit­ing 10 me­chan­i­cal ap­pren­tices into its fast-tracked ap­pren­tice pro­gram, which gives in­ten­sive, spe­cialised train­ing to get ap­pren­tices qual­i­fied more quickly.

It is tar­get­ing school-leavers who have com­pleted or will com­plete Year 11 this year.

Sec­ond-year ap­pren­tices Kirsty McKenzie, 19, and Alex Egli­tis, 28, say it is a chal­leng­ing ca­reer but work­ing at the city site is giv­ing them a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘We get a lot more cars through so there’s bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties to work on more ve­hi­cles,’’ Ms McKenzie says. Mr Egli­tis says be­ing able to be qual­i­fied more quickly will help him on his ca­reer path and in­crease his salary.

Pic­ture: SARAH REED

Ap­pren­tice me­chan­ics Kirsty McKenzie and Alex Egli­tis at work in the ser­vice depart­ment at CMI Toy­ota, West Tce.

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