The world has changed in 2020 to an environment foreign to all. Mass lockdowns lasting for up to months, Friends and family separated, businesses pivoting to cope with a strange new world and entire industries being decimated due to a virus that will be long remembered as a historic moment in time.
One industry that has managed to operate close to full capacity is the construction industry composed of various engineers and builders. While other industries are falling around them, the construction industry has managed to prosper in this time of great uncertainty.
Why has the construction industry been able to weather the Covid19 storm?
It’s simple. Construction sites are extremely safe places to work. Adhering to some of the strictest Occupational Health and Safety protocols of any industry, construction workers, engineers, and related trades have been able to continue turning up to work knowing with confidence that their workplace is a safe and Covid19 safe environment.
With the ability to be able to be socially distant in what is, for the most part, an outdoor working environment, construction workers have been able to successfully maintain an industry that is the backbone of the community.
With a flourishing construction and building industry, the flow-on benefits for many other complementary services and industries are evident. With the construction industry continuing to roll on through Covid19 keeping tens of thousands of people earning, these are the people that are out there spending their dollars to keep the economy moving.
What does the future hold for the construction industry?
Knowing that the construction and building industries are a great driver of jobs and cash flow in the community and complementary industries, it is incumbent on the local and national government to invest heavily in infrastructure to keep people working. This is the time for governments to take on large debt to invest in road, rail, and other community beneficial projects and upgrades. The flow-on effect down through the building industry to such trades as tiling and scaffolding for example is huge. If we as a society are to ride this out, we must keep our builders and engineers on the job.
How can you get into the construction and building industry?
With so many people losing their jobs and careers due to no fault of their own, governments are offering unprecedented deals with training providers within the building industry to get more people working and off the unemployment lines. What in the past has cost hundreds even thousands depending on the type of training you undertake, is now available for free in many states and countries.
It’s incentives such as this that support our industry and show that the government has confidence in the building and construction to lead the way out of the Covid19 environment. It is said that cranes in the sky are a sign of a strong economy. Let’s keep the cranes in the sky and remain as the powerhouse of the nation.