If you are an expat builder seeking employment opportunities in Australia, then the construction world is your oyster, it seems.
The latest figures from the building and construction survey conducted by Master Builders Australia revealed that the Australian construction industry is on the rise, particularly in Melbourne. Confidence in the sector has continued to grow during the last year, as the increasing population means that the demand for residential property and commercial buildings is increasing at pace.
According to the survey, construction companies have confirmed that they will be looking to hire more staff and subcontractors over the next year. The hiring intention of contractors has risen to the highest level since the global financial crisis, creating a wealth of opportunities for skilled expats looking for building jobs in Australia.
Opportunities for younger expats
The future looks especially positive for younger people, as the survey revealed that the clamour for apprentices increased during the December quarter of 2014 to a seven-year high, with one-third of respondents confirming that they would ideally want to hire more apprentices during the next year.
True Blue is always up to speed on the kind of skills companies are looking for across the country – it’s the least you’d expect from one of the leading migration agents in Melbourne and Perth, right? We’ve noticed a number of construction-related jobs cropping up on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) of late, which you could argue further supports the Master Builders Australia findings.
Tips to join the industry
If you are an expat builder looking for work, then now is the time to strike while the iron is hot and take advantage of these fantastic opportunities. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Do your homework
Construction isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of industry. While it is true that many of the skills are transferable, you must ensure that you know exactly what kind of construction project you want to work on before applying for and getting the job. There’s much to consider, not least the location of the job and how much work you will actually get out of it. If your contract only lasts for four weeks, you might miss out on longer-term opportunities that crop up elsewhere.
As already mentioned, it’s a great idea to check the SOL on a regular basis. This will give you a better idea of the type of skills that building contractors are most desperate for.
Update your CV
Just because you aren’t working in an office all day, doesn’t mean you can forget about your CV. A good CV shows an employer that you are serious about working for them, it also allows the employer to clearly read about all of your relevant experience and knowledge for the role.
Ensure that your CV is updated and includes all of your most relevant work experience and skills.
Network with local businesses
Once you’ve done your research and updated your CV, you can start to make yourself known among local construction businesses. Start by researching local construction opportunities and see whether your skill set would be required for any. Be proactive by speaking to the project managers onsite and try to garner any information about the availability of upcoming work.
Speak to a migration agent
While doing your own research will help, speaking to a registered migration agent can certainly shed some extra light on how to proceed with your job search. With years of experience of their own particular area, they can provide you with expert knowledge that you won’t find anywhere else.
If you’d like to discuss a skilled migration visa with one of our migration agents, then do not hesitate to contact us.