Geelong might be the second largest city in Victoria, but we are leading the way in new dynamic careers and industries. This is great news for our career seekers, and those planning to move here for our attractive regional lifestyle, education and recreation choices.
Our career opportunities are just as inviting.
What is it like to work in construction in Geelong?
Careers that build in Geelong have mushroomed like the houses in the new subdivisions that surround our city. Residential and Commercial construction jobs have increased 9.6% since the 2011 census. Victorian Building Authority data shows there were 5928 building permits granted in Geelong in the 2017/2018 financial year, with a reported works cost of $1.7Billion. This is an increase of $4million from the previous financial year. Along with the value growth, the nature of the industry itself is rapidly changing. ICT powers project management, delivering virtual project walk throughs, and drone site monitoring. While construction relies on traditional trades and craftspeople, its future will require highly skilled professionals with wide management and technology abilities. Knowledge workers are the future of careers that build. Whether it is project management, building information modelling, or 3D printing, it’s time to prepare for a time in the near future where robots will drive vehicles and assemble prefabricated modules on site. Green construction and remote controlled smart homes are already the norm, and employability in construction is undergoing a revolution we need to be preparing for now. If you are considering a career in construction, don’t neglect your IT skills!
Owner: Geelong Region Local Learning & Employment Network
Cover shot provided by Lynden Smith