A statewide campaign has been launched to encourage more Tasmanians to consider a career in the building and construction industry and "be part of building something big".
A collaboration between industry and Keystone Tasmania, the campaign hopes to bolster the industry amidst a building boom.
Launceston labourer and steel fixer Ricky Riley first joined the construction industry at age 17 and said he loved the opportunities his four-decade career has offered him.
Standing outside of The Silos hotel and pointing out features of the design, Mr Riley reminisced about working on its construction and said the ability to revisit old projects was one of his favourite parts of the job.
"You drive past buildings and think 'I've built that'," he said.
"You drive over bridges and think about working on its construction.
"There's a lot of job satisfaction, it's been really rewarding."
Keystone Tasmania chief executive Karin Mathison said the campaign aimed to promote employment within the Tasmanian building and construction industry by showcasing the diversity of career options available.
"The Tasmanian building and construction industry offers so much opportunity to students, jobseekers and people looking for an exciting career change," Dr Mathison said.
"As well as the trades we all know and are familiar with, the industry employs a vast array of unseen people who most of us never think about.
"We aim to shine a spotlight on those who make up the industry and who are literally building Tasmania - from the smallest residential build to the biggest civil construction projects.
"These unsung heroes keep the industry running smoothly while helping it to grow - all playing a critical role in Tasmania's economic prosperity."
Skills Training and Workforce Growth Minister Sarah Courtney said building and construction was one of the state's fastest-growing sectors, employing more than 20,000 Tasmanians.
"The government is committed to ensuring Tasmania has the skilled workforce needed to meet demand and support our booming economy, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the industry," Ms Courtney said.
Mr Riley encouraged anyone looking for a rewarding career to consider building and construction and said his 40-year long career was a testament to job satisfaction.
"I've really loved it," he said
"It's a really interesting job, you learn a lot of different skills in the building industry and I've travelled a lot with it.
"It's lots of hard yakka but it's also a lot of fun."
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