Are you an electrician currently working on civil, residential or commercial construction projects and ready to take the next step in your career? Completing a project management course could be a great option.
With many large-scale civil projects in Victoria experiencing a high-level of growth, there is currently a huge demand for qualified project managers – which means there has never been a better time to upskill and formalise your knowledge.
So if you enjoy being part of a project team and are looking for a new challenge, read on to discover 3 reasons why you should complete a project management course.
More skills, more opportunities
If you currently work in a project environment, gaining a nationally recognised qualification will enhance your skills and open the door on a host of new job opportunities. The Certificate IV in Project Management Practice will give you a more in-depth knowledge of PM essentials such as effective time, quality, cost and risk management – and all in just 11 months.
Once you’ve completed the Cert IV, you can upskill further, with a Diploma in Project Management Practice – or if you have three years of relevant project management experience, you may be eligible to dive right in. Over 12 months the Diploma course will equip you with all you need to effectively manage projects within the construction industry. The Diploma course also includes a day at the state-of-the-art Building Leadership Simulation Centre, where you get the chance to test your skills against real-life scenarios, complete with actors!
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Take advantage of a skills shortage
When it comes to large construction projects, there’s plenty happening in Victoria right now. From the ‘big build’ to improve our infrastructure, to new residential projects to accommodate urban sprawl, there’s certainly a high demand for skilled project managers. In fact, the recent boom has led to a skills shortage in this area, which means there are some fantastic opportunities available for qualified project managers to launch their careers.
If you are currently coordinating people and projects in your existing role as an electrician, and would like to step up your responsibilities and fast-track your career, completing the Cert IV or Diploma in Project Management Practice could be the ideal way to achieve your goal. And with the skills shortage the industry is experiencing right now, your timing couldn’t be better.
Increase your earning potential
As well as bringing more experience, knowledge and flexibility to your existing role as an electrician, expanding your project management skill set makes a lot of sense financially, as it opens the door to step up into a range of management roles across the construction sector.
With enhanced skills and a nationally recognised qualification under your belt, there is serious potential to boost your earning power. Plus, the current high demand for project managers in the Victorian workforce is only increasing opportunities and salaries.
There’s no better time to become a project manager
There’s no doubt that completing your electrical apprenticeship provides a fulfilling and rewarding career pathway. But for those who enjoy the added challenge of managing and coordinating all the different areas required to bring a project from planning to competition, adding the formalised skill of project management to your resume makes a lot of sense – especially now, when there are lots of great opportunities and not enough skilled individuals to fill them!
So, if you’re interested in completing the Project Management Practice course, get in touch with our team for a chat. If it lines up with your goals, we’ll organise a suitability interview to confirm it’s a good fit. We’ll also discuss government funding available via the Skills First Program, which can cover more than half of the course fees if you are eligible.
To find out more about the Cert IV or Diploma in Project Management Practice, or any of our courses, get in touch with the NECA Education & Careers team on 03 5834 3115.