Con­struc­tive with man­age­ment

Take ad­van­tage of your skills to meet a crit­i­cal short­age, Cara Jenkin re­ports

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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.

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