The construction industry is a significant driver of economic activity in Australia and is projected to grow by 2.4% in the next 5 years. It employs close to 1.2 million people and has the largest number of small businesses in Australia. Construction workers are employed in both residential and commercial sectors, and are involved in site preparation, building installation and structure services. The majority of workers in the sector are employed as carpenters and joiners, followed by construction managers and plumbers (Source: IBISWorld)
The number of people working as Wall and Floor Tilers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years: from 15,400 in 2014 to 26,200 in 2019.
Average weekly earnings: $1,330 per week
Mode of work: Most work full-time (76%)
Hours per week: full-time workers spend around 43 hours/ week at work.
Age: the average age is 37 years.
Gender: 2% workers are female
Workers usually need a certificate III in wall and floor tiling.
Wall and floor tilers lay ceramic, clay, slate, marble and glass tiles on external and internal walls and floors to provide protective and decorative finishes. Studies in wall and floor tiling will teach you how to carry out measurements and calculations, apply levelling procedures, repair wall and floor tiles and lay tiles on various surfaces.
Most institutions require completion of Australian Year 11 or 12 (or equivalent), as well as a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.
A 2-year packaged trade course costs between $12,000 and $19,000 per year, depending on the institution.