It has been reported that 24 percent of young Australians are planning to work in the healthcare industry. The findings were discovered in the results of a recent survey that included the responses of 5000 young Australians.
“During the pandemic, we’ve seen some of these health sectors ‘up in lights’ which you could call the rock-star effect; seeing high-profile people like Dr Kerry Chant I think attracts people into the industry. The findings may give some hope to the healthcare sector, which has been struggling under the weight of staffing shortages and pandemic burnout,” says Business NSW chief executive Daniel Hunter.
The survey also illustrated that education and training was the second most popular career choice for young people at 12 percent each. This was followed by professional services, which includes jobs such as lawyers and architects at 11 percent.
Another 4 percent of respondents were keen to enter the construction industry.
The findings from this survey also showed that many young people are nervous about the future. It’s been a very difficult past few years for young people due to remote schooling and other pandemic disruptions.
Eight out of 10 respondents noted that they are feeling under prepared due to online learning, with seven out of 10 concerned about their employment prospects.
Despite the concerns of the people featured in this survey, young people are facing a labour market that is currently desperate for more workers.
Daniel Hunter said there’s such a big labour and skills shortage many employers are now willing to provide work experience and other opportunities to help young people skill up.
For those who have already finished university or vocational training, the job market is looking favourable.
There are currently more employers and there are less students, this means that employers are kind of fighting tooth and nail over the graduates.
The demand for entry-level workers is strong across most industries, particularly technology.
For many companies looking to hire new employees in the IT industry, it’s become cheaper to hire university grads and train them up rather than pay a premium rate for an experienced IT worker.
However, a major reason companies were finding it so hard to fill entry-level jobs was because less students were graduating than ever before.
This is in many cases due to the covid-19 pandemic stopping students from completing their on-the-job learning requirements needed to complete the degree.
Border restrictions have also stopped a large number of international students from coming to Australia to study, which was another factor contributing to the shortage of young workers.
Calls For More Women To Work In The Construction Industry
There has been a large number of female tradies using their social media platforms to encourage more women to pick up the tools and consider working in the male dominated construction industry.
Roof plumber and tiny house builder Aimee Stanton reveals that she previously studied beauty therapy but realised she “couldn‘t paint nails to save her life”.
“You go onsite thinking you do have something to prove and that gives you adrenaline and everyday you have to give 110 percent,” says Aimee Stanton.
The builder frequently shares progress photos and videos of the final products with her 28,600 Instagram followers.
Aimee recently shared a video on her Instagram account, showing the three things she wished she knew as a teenager.
They were that you don’t need to be the smartest person to be successful, you don’t need to know your passion right away but encouraged people to learn as much as possible, and that risks weren’t scary once they were taken.
“Go with what your heart says, not what your aunt Karen says to do,” says Aimee Stanton.
Cabinet maker Gabby Campbell is the first ever female worker to be employed by her boss.
“I just came in and fit in with the team with no problems. There was none of those common misconceptions about hiring a woman. We're looking for an apprentice now and he’s open to hiring another woman which would be great,” says Gabby Campbell.
According to figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, technicians and trades workers was the second highest male-dominant occupation behind machinery operators and drivers.
The industry has a total of 83.8 percent male workers and only 16.2 percent women employees.
In December last year, the Victorian Government was the first in the nation to implement a quota on the number of female employees in the construction industry.
Under the Victorian Government’s policy mandate, female workers must make up at least three percent of trade positions, seven percent in non-trade roles and 35 percent of management, supervisor and specialist labour roles for government projects worth $20 million or more.
The Building Equality Policy came into effect in January this year but there will be a two-year transitional period.