6. How to find work as a dogman
Thinking about finding work as a dogger in construction specifically, there’s never been a better time to find yourself in an ideal role. The construction pipeline in Queensland and throughout Australia, particularly in infrastructure projects are at a record high. Analysts predict it will be into the next decade at least.
In south east Queensland, some examples are the light rail extension on the Gold Coast to Burleigh Heads, then onto Coolangatta. Or the Coomera Connector, the parallel motorway to the M1 from Nerang Broadbeach Rd to the Logan Motorway. Then there’s the Brisbane Olympics 2032 projects including 6 new venues to be built.
You may have heard about the renewable energy projects happening throughout Queensland. These are mainly outside of the SEQ corridor in regional Queensland, with the majority in the north. The recent CSQ Renewables report predicts it could lead to as much as $31.5 billion in capital investment from 2022- 2050 in this sector alone.
Therefore, construction workers are, and will remain for the next 3 decades, in huge demand.
Start by registering your details and resumes on recruitment sites. These are designed to help both employers and employees connect to meet their mutual needs.
You could also contact labour hire companies that send workers from their lists to the construction industry. They often work as subcontractors with day or hourly rates.
Finally, try reaching out directly to construction companies – many of them have job postings for roles such as dogman positions.
The more tickets you have – the more attractive you are to employers.
If you’re thinking of getting into the construction industry, or are already working in it, then getting your Dogman ticket is a great way to improve your prospects. Relevant certifications including a dogging ticket with references that could make it easier for them to onboard you over someone that doesn’t.
Having some other handy tickets like:
- Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (aka a ‘white card’, you won’t get on a construction site without one),
- Working Safely at Heights
- Operate an Elevating Work Platform (aka EWP)
These are often an expectation of employers as well so think about doing these short 1 days courses too.
Our final bit of advice is to talk to your trainer or management team at the RTO you get your dogging ticket. Employers are often asking for recommendations from their ex-students looking for talent to join their team.