The construction industry is a significant driver of economic activity in Australia and is projected to grow by 2.4% in the next 5 years. It employs close to 1.2 million people and has the largest number of small businesses in Australia. Construction workers are employed in both residential and commercial sectors, and are involved in site preparation, building installation and structure services. The majority of workers in the sector are employed as carpenters and joiners, followed by construction managers and plumbers (Source: IBISWorld)
Average weekly earnings: $1,358 per week
Mode of work: Most work full-time (87%)
Hours per week: full-time workers spend around 44 hours/ week at work.
Age: the average age is 32 years. Many workers are under 25 years.
Gender: 1% workers are female
Workers usually need a certificate III in joinery. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.
Joiners cut, shape and fit timber parts in workshops to form structures and fittings, ready for installation. Studies in joinery will teach you how to carry out measurements and calculations, use static and sawing machines, cut and install glass, install lining, panelling and moulding, use explosive power tools and much more.
Most institutions require completion of Australian Year 11 or 12 (or equivalent), as well as a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.
A 2-year packaged trade course costs between $12,000 and $19,000 per year, depending on the institution.