Greg Waldorf comes to Better Building with a way to celebrate an essential service in these uncertain times – the Australian trades.
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown many industries around the world into a state of uncertainty. With intensifying social restrictions and updated policies being announced almost daily, the rapidly-evolving situation is causing not only confusion, but fear, for many businesses and industries. Yet, despite the current climate, Australia’s trades industry continues to provide essential services, keeping construction and the country’s spirit strong.
The trades are a remarkable community, and as an Australian-founded company with a strong industry heritage, they have always been close to our heart. That’s why we are running the inaugural Invoice2go Tradie of the Year Awards, to not only recognise and celebrate the hard working men and women that make up Australia’s trades industry, but also to serve as a positive reminder that, even in challenging times, it’s import to reflect on the positives and what you have accomplished. So, let’s take some time to reflect the contributions of the trades during this difficult time.
The role of essential services
With the trades making up 30 percent of Australia’s workforce, the industry plays a vital role in keeping Australia moving forward – even in a time of crisis. At the time of writing, trades are still considered an essential service, providing workers adhere to strict social distancing and hygiene measures. From builders and electricians to plumbers and beyond, tradies play a vital role in Australia, both socially and economically, so it’s important to recognise and celebrate their contribution. These awards exist for you to take some time to be proud of what you’ve achieved and the impact of your work on the people around you.
Strong community creates a strong spirit
In times of uncertainty, many people find themselves turning to friends, family and other communities and networks for support. Despite people being unable to interact with their support networks in person, the idea of being involved in something bigger is more important than ever. The idea of community runs deep in the trades industry, and these awards recognise not only outstanding community contributions from individuals around the country, but help to create a strong sense of camaraderie to uplift others when times are tough.
Looking ahead to new opportunities
With many industries, shopfronts and jobs in lockdown or deemed ‘non-essential’ for the time being, many Australians might be investigating alternative career prospects. If they’re considering the trades, we welcome them with open arms to one of Australia’s most vibrant industries. We are currently in a period when many would-be small business owners find themselves with little else to do. If you find yourself in this position, try not to panic. Treat the current challenge as an opportunity to learn new skills in, potentially, an entirely new industry. It’s never too late to late for a career change.
Encouraging the new wave of businesses
Apprentices also have a very important role to play in this crisis – they’re the future of the industry, after all. While the pandemic has caused unprecedented change, it has also ignited a nation defined by innovation and adaptability. Once the world returns to a 'new normal', it’s likely there will be changes to the way we live and work. For instance, many businesses have updated their digital strategy to survive during the current climate, meaning social media, websites and digital marketing are tools as important as those in their tool belts themselves. Right now, apprentices have a unique opportunity to up-skill in as many areas as possible and shape the future of the industry when they enter the workforce.
No matter your niche, industry or sector, it’s likely that you, or someone close to you, have felt the impacts of the coronavirus. Now is a time to not only adapt and recover, but take the opportunity to celebrate the industry and reflect on your ongoing contribution to a society in a crisis.
Greg Waldorf is CEO of Invoice2Go