Right now, there is a major shortage in the construction industry.
This is obviously good news for construction workers, but also, anyone thinking of gaining employment as a construction worker.
So, what are the key skills and qualities that a construction worker should ideally possess?
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Contrary to popular belief, construction workers need to be skilled.
As a complete beginner, you should have ideally completed some training already in one of the trades associated with the construction industry.
The more training and qualifications that you have to begin with, the better your prospects for getting hired are. And also, the better your chances for then progressing through the ranks are as well.
If you haven’t yet enrolled on a course, the ones to look for are ones which combine practical teaching with classroom based learning.
Even if you are already an experienced contractor, gaining more strings to your bow can only be a good thing.
The wider a portfolio you have of skills, the more attractive you become to an employer.
Don’t have much time available because you are already working? Check out the wide selection of accredited online courses, which help people like you, with limited free time, to attend actual physical classes.
MASTER THE ART OF FLEXIBILITY
The ability to multi task or be flexible is one of the most important key skills in construction.
On a building site, things can turn in an instant. The demands of the project might suddenly change. A client can change their mind about, well, just about anything, and you have to adapt to it.
The brief may change, the budget, the materials that you are working with.
To succeed at construction, you need to get away from a rigid mindset right from the beginning.
Creative thought processes are more important when it comes to construction than you may think, as are thinking around the problem and coming up with some imaginative answers!
To make the right decisions for each project, you need to bear in mind what the priority is for your particular client. Then you are halfway to finding the solution to your problem.
Don’t be afraid to share the problem with your team members, to see what their take on it is and if between you, you can all come up with a solution that works.
Also don’t hesitate to delegate tasks amongst your team members, to make sure each person is playing to their strengths and the whole team can come together to be the best that they can be.