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While keeping up to date on industry news and events is an intrinsic part of what we do at Construction Training Fund, we are also advocates for the individuals in the industry achieving personal goals, redefining career success, and leading the way in championing change.

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Promoting Mental Health in Australia’s Construction Industry

Mental health is an increasingly important topic in Australia, and the construction industry is no exception. As research and communication continue to improve, the construction industry must prioritise its workers’ mental health and well-being. Providing support for every worker in the industry is crucial in promoting a safe and healthy workplace. What is creating mental health issues in the construction industry? Mental health is a growing concern in Australia’s construction industry. Construction workers often face high-pressure situations, dangerous work environments, […]

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How to Get a Construction Apprenticeship in Western Australia

Considering a career in the construction industry? Wise move – construction continues to grow, remaining one of the dominant job markets in Australia.  There are various ways a person can secure an apprenticeship, but all require an employer signing you up and an Australian Apprentice Support Network provider completing a training contract. An apprenticeship is ideal for practical learning, industry exposure, and gaining valuable skills while earning an income. To improve your chances of success, consider enrolling in a pre-apprenticeship […]

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CTF Funds Heritage Skills Courses

Working on Heritage listed buildings requires skills and knowledge not required on everyday building sites. The skill sets required are vital to keeping our historical buildings intact and preserved for future generations. CTF and North Metro TAFE Balga are running a range of Heritage Skills Training Sessions which are available to apprentices and tradespeople for FREE. Get ready to hone your advanced skill set. We are gathering expressions of interest for the following principals. To apply please click on the […]

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What support does CTF offer construction apprentices in Western Australia?

Starting out in the construction industry can be financially tough, and apprentices have unavoidable costs from study, tools and accommodation. Apprenticeships and apprentices are the lifeblood of the construction industry (which is itself the lifeblood of the Australian economy!).  In other words: Western Australia needs apprentices like you, which is why there’s apprentice support in WA. In fact, you find yourself in the right place – Construction Training Fund (CTF) provides apprentice support in WA through financial aid. CTF offers […]

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How do I employ an apprentice?

Employing an apprentice in WA can help you meet the demand for new construction projects and set your team up for stronger project outcomes, whilst ensuring your business remains highly competent and relevant. It’s an ‘earn while you learn’ kind of situation. They study the theory at a Registered Training Organisation and you take them under your wing to supervise and train them up in the practical side of your given trade. At CTF, we provide employers just like you, with […]

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CTF to sponsor PFL Colts 2023 season

A handful of construction apprentices from the Perth Football League headed to Construction Training Fund (CTF) in Belmont recently to launch CTF’s new sponsorship with the Colts competition for the 2023 season. This alignment will allow CTF to connect to the PFL’s 2,000+ Colts (17–20-year-old) players and help those considering or currently working in construction. The colts got a chance to chat to CTF CEO Tiffany Allen, who was keen to hear about these young men’s experiences in the construction […]

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Embracing equity in WA construction

What does equity mean for WA’s construction industry? Today, on International Women’s Day, we’re lifting the lid on what it’s like being a woman in the sector in 2023. It’s International Women’s Day! Today we’re celebrating women’s achievements and promoting equality. But we’re also embracing equity. In fact, that’s the IWD theme this year – #EmbraceEquity. What does this mean for WA construction? And what is it like as a woman in the sector in 2023? We spoke with Daisy, […]

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What incentives does CTF offer employers to support construction apprentices in WA?

Apprentices and trainees provide an excellent, cost-effective way to boost your construction workforce. CTF’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship Grant for Employers provides an incentive for employers to support apprentices and trainees in WA’s construction industry. The grant makes it more affordable for businesses directly employing apprentices and trainees or hiring them from a group organisation. Some apprentices and trainees make their employers eligible for additional supplementary payments. What is an apprentice or trainee? An apprentice or trainee is a person in […]

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Teenagers can Try-A-Trade for three days with CTF

Construction Training Fund’s (CTF) Try-A-Trade program introduces participants to a range of construction trades, providing insights into the daily life of possible future careers. Attendees learn about trades through practical activities led by registered training organisations. Both schools and individuals can register for Try-A-Trade programs, choosing programs that are one, two or three days long. The programs run throughout the year, including during school holidays. Try-A-Trade is available to teenagers in years nine to twelve as well as school leavers […]

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The Construction Training Fund acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land throughout Western Australia and pay our respect to the Elders both past and present. We thank them for their ongoing custodianship of the lands and waters, and celebrate their rich culture of art, song, dance, language, and stories.