Constructive with management
Take advantage of your skills to meet a critical shortage, Cara Jenkin reports
SENIOR construction workers are urged to turn their experience to project management roles to fill a national shortage in that area.
The job was listed on the national Skill Shortage List in March last year.
The shortage is largely credited to the large number of experienced construction workers who do not realise that they have learned many of the required skills on the job, and completing a short course could formalise their knowledge.
Senior construction staff in SA are urged to take the course so they are formally qualified to be employed in these management roles.
Training provider Developmental Pty Ltd is one company that is offering training this year to workers from a variety of construction trades, including plumbing, piping, fencing, rigging and airconditioning, in states on the eastern seaboard and in South Australia.
General manager Tracey Abell says many staff just need to formally show they can
They’ve been doing this for a number of years but don’t have the structure to
put it all together
identify and manage set-up of a project, manage a budget, manage risks, resource and coordinate supplies.
‘‘ They are skills that all managers in business have and all managers who have done a diploma in management,’’ she says.
‘‘ They come up through the ranks as tradespeople but haven’t done a lot of management training. They know what they do really well ... they’ve been doing this for a number of years but don’t have the structure in place to put it all together.’’
The course can be completed in three weeks online or through three-day workshops at a town close to them.
Construction contractor Steve Fischer, 39, has worked in the industry for 20 years and decided to upgrade his skills to get off the tools.
Having just completed the course, and armed with his qualification, he is now on the lookout for a project management role in Brisbane.
‘‘ When I saw (the course) online, I thought that’s perfect,’’ he says.
‘‘ Some of it you tend to do on a day-to-day basis and don’t realise you’re doing it.’’
QUALIFIED: Steve Fischer has trained as a building project manager.