The Importance of Upskilling in Building and Construction


Robotics in Building and Construction

It is important for tradespeople to continue developing skills and certifications. Doing so ensures ongoing employment and career development opportunities. The advent of new diagnostic and robotic technology is playing an increasing role in the trades, building and construction sectors. Artificial intelligence and machine learning have been identified as factors impacting the livelihood of low-skilled tradesmen. This machinery is generally cheaper to run and more efficient than its human counterparts, who are subject to error and imprecision.
The number of workers holding diplomas and advanced diplomas has increased by nearly 300% in the last 30 years, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. In contrast, the number of less-qualified tradesmen and labourers has barely increased by 50% in that time. This indicates that smart machinery is playing a bigger role on job sites. What follows is less demand for low-skilled trades professionals whose work can be done by machines.
‘In order for technology to drive productivity, there is a need for specialists who can operate the technology, hence the importance of skills development’, says Roberty Sobyra from Construction Skills Queensland. Regardless of whether its heavy machinery or diagnostic equipment that’s used on-site, operation of technology requires training. Construction managers are unwilling to train contractors on-site, so invest in upskilling to ensure your CV is as appealing as possible.

Changing Skill Sets

Historically, the skills used in building and construction sites have involved manual dexterity and physical labour. This trend is swinging, however, to skills based on the precise use of technology. The only way to learn how to operate this technology is to upskill, so do some research and enrol today.
Lower-skilled construction jobs, such as glaziers, plasterers and tilers face the highest risk of being automated in the near future. This is due to their repetitive nature and rigid procedure. Off-site manufacturing too means jobs in goods manufacturing are at risk without ongoing training in the operation of manufacturing machinery. Employers no longer need workers to assemble components, rather, they need workers to operate the machines completing the assembly.

Evolving Skills

Hiring someone is generally determined by whether the candidate holds a nationally accredited Certificate III in a given field. By completing a Certificate IV in building and construction in addition to a Certificate III, a tradesperson develops technical knowledge that improves their employability. Employability can be further improved with a nationally recognised diploma, which teaches the engineering side to a labour skill. Course fees will vary, but the return on investment is obvious.
If you’ve recently completed an additional certification and are looking for work, contact Advanced Group Services today. We’ll evaluate your CV and place you with the employer that is the best fit for your skills.