You are about to start a new job in a busy, constantly evolving industry, so having questions is completely normal. The difficult thing is remembering what to ask before you start and making sure you are prepared for hard work you’ll need to put in henceforth. Whether you are moving to a new company, just starting out in the industry or heading to a new project, here are some things to confirm with a new employer in the trade industry.
What Training or Inductions Should I have Completed?Before setting foot on a number of worksites, you will be expected to have knowledge of safe work practices. Some sites have much stricter rules when it comes to inductions and on-site briefing. You may also be expected to undergo a quick safety quiz, or to have any tools inspected before you are allowed to start work. Check with your employer what information, training or inductions you require before your start date.
What Insurance Do I Need?Before beginning with a new employer, it is a smart idea to find out about insurance. Does your new employer have suitable public liability and accident cover? Are you covered when moving around multiple work sites? What about while you are in transit between work sites? While most companies are required by law to have some level of insurance, many employers will recommend their staff get additional cover for illness, transport or to cover their tools in case of theft. If you don’t already have cover, look to somewhere like Tradewise Insurance, a company that provides insurance cover specifically designed to cater to tradie’s needs.
Do I Need to Supply My Own Tools?There is a good chance you already have a number of tools for your trade, particularly if you have been in the industry for some time. Before beginning a contract with a new employer, find out what tools (if any) are provided for your use. Some employers have their own equipment and spare tools for staff to use, while others may expect you to provide your own. Knowing what tools you need to purchase can help you budget or plan for upcoming purchases.
What Protective Clothing Will I Need to Provide?Your site supervisor or manager is responsible for your health and safety while you are on the job. This includes making sure you are safely equipped with a range of personal protective equipment and safety equipment. Confirm with your new employer what is required for starting work with them. This may include safety boots, safety goggles or hard hats, or it could include equipment such as harnesses for working at heights. Make sure you have the right equipment to stay protected. And don’t forget items such as sun cream, sunglasses and hats to protect your skin and eyes from sun damage.
If you think you might have trouble remembering these tips, it might be a good idea to write them down, or make a note in your phone. That way you have them at your fingertips when you are speaking to your new employer. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions; it’s all a matter of being prepared and your employer will appreciate your enthusiasm and attention to detail.