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PATHWAYS to BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION
This course provides students with an introduction to the knowledge, skills and awareness necessary to prepare for a career in building, architecture, construction engineering or carpentry. Students may be required to work in teams to complete a construction project. The course includes an introduction of how to work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry. Students will learn how to read and interpret plans and specifications. There will be a focus on important aspects such as sustainability, risk assessment and environmental impact. The course will include a coverage of latest industry technology and tools.
The construction industry is a significant driver of economic activity in Australia. It is Australia's third largest industry, behind only mining and finance, and produces around 8% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), in value added terms. It comprises over 330,000 businesses nationwide and directly employs over one million people (around 9% of the totalworkforce). In recent years, the growth in Average Weekly Earnings in the Construction Industry rose 13.7% faster than for the average of all sectors.
The construction industry operates in both the private and public sectors, engaging in three broad areas of activity:
- Residential building
- Non-residential building
- Engineering construction.
Construction remains one of Australia's largest and most important industries, with movement in industry indicators often directly linked to changes in social, economic and political trends.
The subject is designed for students who are pursuing a VCAL Pathway in Year 11 and 12.