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Course and Career Guide : 2014 Study and Career Guide
36 For more info see wsi.tafensw.edu.au/courses BUILDING INDUSTRY SKILLS CENTRE INTRODUCTION A significant demand exists within the industry for extra employees in many occupations, in particular those with trade skills and sound language, literacy and numeracy skills. Each year billions of dollars are invested in infrastructure and housing, bringing with it a variety of employment options in the areas of plumbing, carpentry, electrical serv ices, shop fitters, painters and decorators. The building industry provides opportunities for employees to use their practical skills, as well as their theoretical and intellectual skills. WSI has a range of qualifications to suit the current needs of this industry. INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE In order for WSI to remain at the forefront of industry training initiatives, its staff maintains strong industry links with many of the leading industry associations and employers, and many students continue employ ment within both the residential/commercial and civil construction industries in trade and professional roles. INDUSTRY Skill shortages have been identified in the industry for 2013-14 for the following construction occupations: construction project manager, construction estimator, surveyor, quantity surveyor, stonemason, roof tiler, plumber and glazier. STATISTICS WSI trains 4,500 building services students annually across a number of professional level qualifications including the Certificate IV in Building (builder’s licence) qualification, architectural, building design and construction management qualifications, equal to 18 per cent of all building students in NSW and 13 per cent of the state’s apprentices and trainees, making WSI the second largest prov ider of construction trades training in NSW. “ MY PLANS AFTER STUDY AT WSI ARE TO OPEN MY OWN BUSINESS ONE DAY... ADRIAN GATT COURSE STUDIED: PLUMBING Adrian picked plumbing as his career because he enjoys working with his hands and having variety in his work. He also likes the stability of the plumbing industry, given that it is a serv ice that there will always be a need for. He completed an apprenticeship with Acer Plumbing while training with Mount Druitt College, which he says has been a great way to get the skills to excel as a plumber. Adrian plans to study further to obtain f ull licencing as a plumber. “My plans after study at WSI are to open my own business one day.” As Australia’s third largest industry for employment, the building industry employs nearly 10 per cent of the nation’s workforce.
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