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Is now the time to consider a construction apprenticeship?

There are many benefits to a career in construction, including a large choice of different professions, the camaraderie of close-knit teams and the opportunity to build crucial infrastructure that people rely on every day.

Furthermore, recent data from jobs site SEEK shows that people who are qualified in traditional trades are currently high in demand. The organisation said record-low interest rates and strong property prices are leading to excellent employment opportunities in housebuilding positions.

SEEK figures for April revealed a 13 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of companies posting job advertisements for trades-based roles. High-density housing projects are driving vacancies up in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in particular.

If you’re interested in an apprenticeship in construction, Apprenticeship Central can help you identify placements in your area. Follow the simple registration process and you can search the site’s comprehensive listing of vacancies and contact potential employers directly.

Apprenticeship Central provides Industry Resource Packages that can give you more information on interesting roles across multiple sectors, including building and construction. There are also various tools and FAQs on the site designed to maximise your chances of succeeding with your next application.

Where is construction demand highest?

Apprenticeships cover a broad number of construction-related professions, so it helps to research available positions if you’re struggling to choose one that’s right for you. The Harrison Online Career Assessment can help you identify jobs that are specifically suited to your interests and talents.

Michael Ilczynski, Managing Director of Employment at SEEK, said: “New job ads in the building industry, in particular for gardeners and landscapers, plumbers, builders, carpenters and cabinet makers, are in highest demand.”

In fact, gardening and landscaping saw a 55 per cent annual increase in advertisements, while plumbing and carpentry experienced rises of 52 and 44 per cent respectively.

Steven Shepherd, Employment Market Analyst and Group Director of Public Affairs at Randstad, said building trades are popular “across the board”.

“We do not expect demand to decrease in the short to mid-term, the further reduction of interest rates in May is likely to stimulate more investment in property,” he stated.

“The non-mining states have each seen significant increases in demand for trades and services over the past year, no doubt reflecting the strength in residential construction.”

Australia’s building industry appears to be entering a health period of growth, which may make it the ideal time to begin training for a trades qualification.

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