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