25th December 2019

How to land a construction job when you don’t have qualifications

Do you like building stuff? If so, a construction job could be right up your alley. If, though, you don’t have any relevant experience or qualifications, getting ‘on the tools’ — and being paid — might all seem like a ‘big ask.’ Well, it needn’t be.

Here’s the good news

In case you don’t know, there is a large shortage of builders and tradespeople in New Zealand. Why? Well, previous low investment in training, the Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes, earthquake strengthening in Wellington and Auckland’s housing boom have all played a part. And, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), an extra 50,000 to 60,000 construction-related workers will be needed in this country by 2022. If your goal is to get into construction work, this is great news.

How to get a construction job when starting out?

Okay, so builders, carpenters and labourers are in short supply, but that doesn’t change the fact that you lack qualifications, does it? Well, no, but there are ‘ways and means’ to getting your ‘foot in the door’ of the construction industry, like working for a labour-hire company.

Why work for a labour-hire company?

For building companies, labour-hire businesses, like Trade Assist, offer flexibility — our clients need only hire labour when required. We also take away the hassle of recruiting, managing and training staff.

So, that’s why our clients like Trade Assist, but why would you want to work for us?

Well, these days, labour-hire companies are not only for tradies and labourers who are in between jobs. Far from it. Instead, we invest in our people and can provide a long-term career path in the building industry. We are able to do this because of our strong links with education providers Ara and BCITO. So, for example, we could hire you initially in an unskilled capacity and, if you have the ‘right stuff’ and want to develop a career, put you through an apprenticeship programme.

Our recruitment specialists also provide free career and taxation advice, and for workers from overseas, give immigration information and help. Under certain conditions, by working for us, you could even get interest-free finance to buy tools.

Give us a call

So, what do you think? Does construction work still seem like a good idea? If so, click here. Or, even better, call one of our recruitment specialists on 0800 999 599.

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