Chance to build a building career

28th May 2013

Perhaps less well known is the wide range of administrative and office-based careers available in the home-building industry, including estimating, scheduling, drafting and contracts administration.

A new program from the Housing Industry Association aims to encourage high school students to consider these behind-the-scenes career opportunities in the home-building sector.

Part of the new Certificate II in Building & Construction Para-Professional qualification, developed by the HIA, it allows students to complete training and a work experience placement in the office of a building and construction company.

In addition to helping to meet the industry’s growing needs, the program also provides students with credit towards their West Australian Certificate of Education.

The first two students to take part in the placement as part of the Para-Professional pathway are Joe McCoy and Cameron Gemmell, who are both in Year 11 at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School.

Mr McCoy and Mr Gemmell are currently gaining first-hand experience of the workings of a building company at Redink Homes and 101 Residential respectively, which were organised through the HIA’s YouthBUILD

program, which co-ordinates work experience placements in the industry for students.

Both companies are part of the Redink Homes Group, and managing director Scott Park — who is also the chairman of the HIA’s Training and Professional Development Committee — said he was pleased to be able to take part in the “innovative” program.

“I believe making an investment back into the future of the home-building industry is a key part of maintaining its longevity,” Mr Park said.

The HIA’s Dayle Scarlett, who is responsible for administering the program, said that the association had developed a pool of builders to support the program and host school students in the future.

“The Para-Professional pathway really opens up a range of career opportunities for students looking to pursue a career within building and construction but are not so interested in a trade,” Ms Scarlett said.

Contact HIA, 9492 9200.