Insights

Increase your career prospects in 2017

Increase your career prospects in 2017

If you're not afraid of heights and a tradie looking to earn more in 2017, think about taking a heights safety course. It could be what you need to make the pay jump you’re hoping for.

If you're not afraid of heights and a tradie looking to earn more in 2017, think about taking a heights safety course. It could be what you need to make the pay jump you’re hoping for.

Some trade jobs that involve working at height, such as crane and fork hoist operation, are amongst the highest-paid jobs per hour in Australia. Height specialists are in demand in a range of industries in Australia. Those working in the trades may therefore be able to earn higher pay by diversifying their skill set and getting licensed to work at heights.

A report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2013, listed crane, hoist and lift operators as the 16th highest earning occupations in Australia, by the hour, and well about the average of $34.70. Crane, hoist and lift operators were earning an average of $54.60 per hour.

How working at height can improve your career prospects

Whether you're a builder, electrician, fabricator or welder, heights training can lead to new career opportunities and lead to higher-paying jobs. Getting certified could also set you up for a second trade - if not as a scaffolder, a boiler maker, crane operator, repairing fixtures at height or high-rise construction work.

Why working at heights can be well paid

While the salary can be higher, there are of course inherent risks at working at heights. That is why Australian businesses employing staff to work at height must ensure they have the required training.

In Australia, however, stringent workplace health and safety laws mean that working at height can be as safe as it is lucrative. All you need is the correct training delivered by an established height safety training provider. Workplace health and safety laws mean that working at height can be as safe as it is lucrative.

Recommended height safety training courses in Australia

Blackwoods Training offer nationally recognised height safety training courses suitable for a range of professions. Whether you need a general work safely at heights licence or something more specialised such as a licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform or a mobile crane, we're here to help you. If you're ready to upskill and see your income rise to new heights, please get in touch with us today. If you're a tradie and looking for ways to improve your pay this year, consider taking a Blackwoods height safety course - it could be just the ticket.