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How To Move Up In The Construction Industry

04 Nov 2017

The construction industry is booming. If you ever want to get an idea of a city’s economic growth potential just do a crane count. At the moment, Melbourne has over 160 cranes in action.

Across our suburbs and the inner city district, there are hundreds of signs that the construction industry is in the best shape it has ever been in: there seems to be high-vis jackets everywhere you look, right? As it has been noted by a number of medium and high-density builders, there is enough work in today’s pipeline to see them out for the next 25-plus years, and this is music to the ears of site supervisors, project managers and contract administrators alike. So, given the fast growth of the building and construction industry, upskilling has never been more important. For tradies looking to learn the ropes of how to manage a successful construction business, there are a lot of opportunities that can come out of studying our flexible Diploma of Building and Construction. For starters, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) have made it clear that they see an advantage if applicants of their registered builder’s licence program have received their qualification through Melbourne Polytechnic. Course teacher Patrick White says the Diploma was designed with students in mind to fit within busy day-to-day schedules. The idea around this is to ensure you can continue to work full-time while you study stress free. “The Diploma of Building and Construction delivered at Melbourne Polytechnic has been tailored to suit the needs of people working during the day within the industry through classes scheduled in evening time slots. And another strength of our course is the team building environment created for our participants. “Coming to classes two or sometimes three nights per week leads to an all-in-this-together dynamic, in which familiar faces to engage with helps to make the journey a shared one,” says Patrick. Understanding how to minimise project risk as well as things like quality control, project management and budget management are all key ingredients to be successful in management roles, whether running your own business or working externally. Patrick says that the most effective way to learn this is to be exposed to real-life situations from the get-go. “We pride ourselves on a comprehensive face to face environment where the content of the relevant learning outcomes are delivered in an interactive classroom situation in which students can get instant answers on questions that they need clarity on. “Our assessment tasks includes assignments, tests and reports which are directly related to real-life building industry situations that would be encountered. This makes a lot of sense to the tradespeople who are upskilling and also can be a real eye-opener to career change students who are planning to enter the industry,” says Patrick. Patrick says the most rewarding thing is hearing ex-students say that all the stuff they learned in the Diploma was “what they needed to know to get ahead”. Don’t stress if you feel like you haven’t hit the books in a while – our Diploma of Building and Construction is flexible and hands-on, and will give you all the tools you need to upskill and succeed in the construction industry.Click here for more information.   Pic: Sergio Rola