3 essential skills for the construction industry

Posted by Design & Construct on 19-Mar-2015 02:30:46

In Construction

While the construction industry is important from an infrastructure point-of-view, its value to the Australian economy can't be overstated.

According to Master Builders Australia, construction work over the next decade is estimated to be worth $2.4 trillion. This in turn creates jobs, businesses and opportunities for other industries as well.

As the country launches into a decade of projects, it's important for construction businesses to take a step back and consider whether they have the manpower to compete against other firms. Without a solid base of skills and knowledge, businesses will get dominated in the market and growth potential will be limited. 

Recruitment in the construction industry is very competitive so we've decided to pinpoint three skills that businesses should be looking for.

1) Building and mechanical knowledge

Depending on whether your available role is at graduate or executive level, it's vital to get an understanding of a candidate's building and mechanical knowledge. Recruitment is an expensive task, made worse by hiring a person with the wrong level or type of experience in the industry.

At Design & Construct, we hold detailed discussions with businesses in order to get an idea for who they are looking for. This then improves the chances of the new employee becoming an asset to the organisation.

2) Commitment

With construction businesses in hot demand across Australia, project managers require workers of any level to be committed to the cause. If someone decides to leave the industry suddenly, this can cause major stress and financial loss to the business.

As such, part of the recruitment process delves deeper into a candidate's enthusiasm for the construction industry. This could include looking at past projects or candidates holding industry-relevant qualifications or completed training courses.

According to KPMG's International's 2013 Global Construction Survey, 37 per cent of underperforming projects were caused by poor sub-contractor performance. This highlights the need to find key, committed personnel.

3) Teamwork

Ultimately, the success of a construction project boils down to whether the team can work as a cohesive unit. Without this, mistakes can easily occur - delaying projects and costing businesses in the back pocket.

Through our detailed background checks, we can investigate references and referees to ensure that a new employee is an asset to the team, rather than a hindrance. Any potential employer should be interested in a candidate's strengths and weakness when it comes to teamwork.

For more information about how our construction recruitment process operates, contact our expert team today.