If you’re interested in starting a career in the construction industry, or if you see that opportunities in this industry abound and would like a part time job, there are a few things you need to know first.
The construction industry is an extremely rewarding and exciting one for the right candidate but it can be challenging in terms of managing health and safety risks.
The construction industry is currently experiencing a shortage of skilled labour which has pushed up wages. Workers are now picking and choosing the employers and jobs they prefer.
The construction industry is also a rewarding one for young people with the aim of being their own boss, however you will first have hone your skills and complete the appropriate training.
Choosing the Right Job for You
Choosing a career in the construction industry can be challenging but it will pay off in the long term.
Young people should undergo an aptitude test or seek advice from a career counsellor. If you like working in the outdoors or with your hands, you would do well in the construction sector. If you prefer working with numbers or in an office environment perhaps a career in the engineering field or similar would be better suited. Whether you’re an engineer whose job takes them to the construction industry often or a delivery driver delivering construction materials, you must complete the white card course.
Completing White Card Training
The first step in pursuing a career in construction should be, completing white card training.
The white card course teaches workers how to safety conduct themselves in a construction environment. The CPCCOHS1001A course for White Card training is the official construction induction training course that all workers in the construction industry in Australia are obligated to undergo.
The training is simply completed online with a short telephone based verbal assessment with one of our call centre agents based at our Brisbane offices.
This method is easier and quicker than undergoing a face-to-face course which will cost a lot more to register for, travel to and take time off work to complete.
The White Card course covers the following topics, (as well a number of others)
- How to identify hazards, manage risks and controls hazards
- The role of safe work method statements (SWMS)
- How to report incidents and near-misses
- Emergency response procedures including evacuation plans and first aid information
- Duty of care under law for all parties involved, including employers, employees, contractors etc.
One of the main reasons the course offered by us is so popular is because it’s affordable, without compromising on quality. The course material was compiled by experts with many years of experience in the building industry and is simple to follow. Students are prompted by the system through the entire process, so there’s no confusion.
The majority of students complete the course is just a few hours (3-4 hours on average) and take just 10-15 minutes to complete the short telephone based verbal assessment. How long you take is up to you, there are no time limits and the course is accessible online any time of day, 7 days a week.