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Date PostedMay 6, 2015

Not Too Late to Start a New Job in Construction: Get Your White Card in 2015

With 2015 well underway forecasts predict that the boom in construction across the board which we have been experiencing over the last few months will undoubtedly continue for the rest of the year and in fact over the next few years.

The boom in the sector is also going to have a positive effect on employment and in particular the employment of apprentices to fill vacancies in the construction trades. With growth in the construction industry expected to last for most of the next decade, young people are being drafted into the industry to be trained, so that the looming skills shortage can be averted.

Considering a career in construction?

Are you looking for a job in the construction sector somewhere in Australia? Whether you are interested in working as a landscaper, a bricklayer or civil engineer on a construction project you must complete general construction induction training first. Apprentices, skilled tradespeople and immigrant labourers must all be in possession of a valid White Card before they can be considered for work on a construction site anywhere in the country. Whether working in a small rural town or busy city centre, you will have to first get a White Card.

According to federal workplace health and safety laws, training in the form of the White Card course is mandatory for all workers in Australia involved in any type of construction. However even more importantly than fulfilling a federal mandate, completion of the White Card course teaches workers about workplace safety in the construction environment, knowledge that could one day save their lives.

A uniform approach to safety is ensured by a White Card that is issued online and is valid everywhere including in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and all other states and territories.

Why the White Card Course?

The nature of construction work is high risk. The machinery and equipment needed for construction can be dangerous, as is the environment and the work processes undertaken, for this reason safety training is needed.

We also need to keep in mind that construction environments are usually bustling with activity. Numerous, usually high risk activities are taking place simultaneous on a worksite, usually within a confined space. This results in a lot of possible risks to workers’ health and safety, risks they need to be made aware beforehand by training, instruction and supervision.

Add to the fact that construction work is dangerous the fact that it is dynamic and fast paced. Some companies and supervisors prioritise productivity but worker’s risk losing more than just money. Because a worker’s life is at risk, they must put safety first and start with a high quality White Card course.

The 4 basic sections covered by the White Card course include,

  • how to identify workplace health and safety (WH&S) requirements
  • training on how to identify construction hazards and control measures;
  • how to identify WH&S communications and reporting processes;
  • deals with incident response procedures.

Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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