Interested in a job in Building and Construction?
– Finding out about jobs in the building and construction industry
– Preparing for jobs in the building and construction industry, or
– Searching for jobs in the building and construction industry?
The steps you need to take depend on whether you’re ready to engage employers:
– After some settlement or employment preparation
– After some training, or
– After you’re further along your English pathway
The Employment Officer can help you to:
– Decide how competitive you are as a job seeker right now
– Explore information and opportunities, and
– Decide what step to take next.
Contact the Employment Officer:
Phone MRC Tas on 03 6221 0999
To help migrants, the project includes:
- English for Jobs in the Building and Construction Industry
- Accredited and industry training delivered by TasTAFE
- Settlement and employment help to get ‘employer-ready’
To help the industry the project includes:
- Awareness raising about the value of a diverse workforce
- Access to an employment officer and work-ready multicultural talent
- A multicultural scholarship for employers
The project is funded by the Tasmanian Government and made possible by valued collaborations with employers, industry and training bodies.
People with migrant and refugee backgrounds want jobs and to establish a career in Tasmania. Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania wants to support and encourage culturally diverse community members to reach their potential.
The project will document how to meet these needs by working together.
The most common building and construction jobs in Australia are:
- Carpenters and Joiners
- Construction Managers
- Building and Plumbing Labourers
- Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
- Painting Trades Workers
- Structural Steel Construction Workers
The Tasmanian building and construction industry employs 23 262 people.
The building and construction industry grew by 4290 jobs between 2013/14 and 2018/19 – more than any other industry in Tasmania.
Building work includes:
- Building houses (residential)
- Building hotels, shops, offices, factories (non-residential)
- Repair and management of existing buildings (renovations)
Construction work includes:
- Carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing, electrical and more (trades).
- Roads, railways, and bridges (civil engineering and construction)
- Services such as architecture, engineering, and site preparation
Jobs in building and construction can be physically demanding so when people leave the industry this opens new opportunities. Training and experience can lead to management and other opportunities.
The information below gives examples of different types of jobs at different skill levels. Seek advice about specific jobs and your specific situation.
Skill level 1
Jobs that need school or certificate I and on-the-job training.
- Traffic controller
- Civil labourers laying pipe or asphalt
- Forklift and machine operators
Skill level 2
Jobs that need certificate II or III or one year of apprenticeship experience.
- Mutiskilled construction worker
- Crane operator
Skill level 3
Jobs that need certificate III or IV or three years of apprenticeship experience.
- Trades electrician, carpentry, tiler, plasterer
- Work health and safety compliance officer
- Brick layer
Skill level 4
Jobs that need diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree or three years of relevant experience.
- Surveying technician
- Quality assurance inspector
- Electrical engineering associate
Skill level 5
Jobs that need a bachelor degree or five years of relevant experience.
- Civil engineer
- Project manager
- Building surveyor
- used a lot in that industry,
- about very important concepts in that industry, or
- have special meanings in that industry.
It is necessary to know these words and their meaning in order to work in the industry.
Visit the events page to register attendance at the next study group. The group is run by a volunteer qualified in TESOL using weekly study resources.
A sample of self-study materials are available for download below.
- You can listen to new words or practise saying at home with the SoundCloud playlist embedded on this webpage.
- Each audio file can be downloaded so you can listen offline. Each word has a written script and additional study information.
Job Outlook is a website to help you explore different jobs and industries:
The Jobs Guide has descriptions of different types of jobs
Work Safe Tasmania information about the construction industry
The workers union for construction workers is the CFMEU
It is on air at 5:30 am each Tuesday on ABC Hobart Radio Breakfast show.
Practice listening to and saying new words using the SoundCloud playlist
The Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board works towards a safer, higher skilled building and construction workforce:
Tasmanian Building Group Apprenticeship Scheme hires apprenticeships and trainees in building and construction trades.
MEGT hires apprenticeships and trainees in building and construction trades.
TasTAFE has information about building and construction training.