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Built Different

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HIA’s new online community appeals to apprentices and emerging tradies who want to reach new levels in the building industry. Join the club!

Kerryn Ramsey

Content Writer

Think back to when you first started work. What was it like? For many people, the first few years are pretty daunting. And for those of us in the building and construction sector, it can be a unique experience compared to many other industries.

Whatever path people take, there’s always plenty to learn and many challenges to overcome, particularly in the first few years. Some learn the ropes on the job, picking it up as they go, while others, such as chippies and sparkies, have a more formal path to get their qualifications.

In our line of work, everyone has personal challenges to overcome. Every worksite is unique, ranging from different work techniques and safety approaches to fitting in seamlessly with your crew. There are also different attitudes when it comes to work and play.

‘When young apprentices are starting their career, there are many issues to manage,’ says Ryan May, HIA’s marketing communications manager. ‘But they’ve been lacking a resource they could turn to when searching for advice and opinions. That’s why we’ve launched Built Different.

‘Started by HIA, this new resource will utilise decades of experience and knowledge of the building industry. It will offer everything the emerging trades of today need when taking on challenges and building their careers,’ says Ryan. ‘Overall, this will improve the future of our industry.’

Join HIA's new online community
Our community may help you improve your career path

Starting the conversation

Many young apprentices and up-and-coming tradies have long-term aspirations in the building and construction industry. They’re passionate about their jobs and are eager to learn from other tradies’ experiences. Who better to learn from than each other?

Kicking off with an online community, Built Different is organically growing into a lively community where the advice will come from within. Exclusive access to the Built Different community means members could ask questions, bounce ideas and show pride in their work.

The online community also encourages them to release their creativity. Members are encouraged to share their mastery online. There’s nothing better than getting some ‘thumbs up’ from mates after completing a complex house construction or learning a new skill.

‘Being part of this community will also appeal to the more entrepreneurial apprentices,’ says Ryan. ‘It’s a great opportunity to get feedback from their colleagues when they’re taking on new ventures or even coming up with their own inventions.’

Over time, it will work as an effective networking site for apprentices and wannabe tradies, giving them the chance to connect with like-minded colleagues.

Supporting each other

The importance of mateship is a favourite topic for Luke van Dyke, a third-generation builder and now host of the HIA Building Australia podcast. In the current podcast on apprentices, Luke reveals the key to success. ‘Networking,’ he says. ‘I know a lot of people in the construction trade and I've forged some really good friendships. I can always pick up the phone and go, "Mate, I've got this situation here," or "I haven't done this before. What do you think?"’

Built Different will help facilitate this conversation. For many, their long-term goal may involve running their own business over time. So to follow their dreams, who should they turn to during different stages of their lives?

Built Different members reach new levels in our industry
Sign up today to be part of this team

Who can join?

Built Different will be the go-to community in Australia for anyone wanting to grow their career in the home building industry. In fact, Built Different members are those who want to do more, be better and reach new levels in building and construction.

All emerging building tradespeople are welcome to join Built Different. Whether you’re a first-year apprentice or are fully qualified, Built Different is the place to meet like-minded people, share your experiences, and learn from others. Join the conversation and build your future together. 

Sign up today

Don’t miss out on the upcoming Built Different roadshows visiting TAFEs throughout 2022.

See what Built Different offers

Built Different will be the go-to community in Australia for anyone wanting to grow their career in the home building industry.

  • Easy to find: Being an apprentice is physically demanding but it’s also challenging and rewarding. Built Different is a community of apprentices and prospective tradies, supporting each other to build the life they imagined. It covers a range of topics to keep workers well informed.
  • Career options: Career pathways, experience and knowledge sharing, entrepreneurship.
  • General interest: Sports, hobbies, popular culture, good news.
  • Life skills: Money management, relationships, starting a family, work life balance.
  • Product reviews: Tool reviews, purchasing guides, how-tos, the latest innovations.
  • Expert advice: Industry updates, legal, safety, employment conditions and more.

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