Pathways into Construction

You can get on track for a construction career in school as early as Year 9, at TAFE or even University.

All levels of government are supporting apprentice training and employment and that, combined with a long pipeline of WA construction and infrastructure projects, means careers in construction offer job security and opportunities for success.

The unemployment rate for Australians aged 15-24 is as high as 50 per cent. Did you know that young people who complete an apprenticeship are more likely to be employed by the time they turn 25? They also enjoy a higher income than 25-year-olds who did not complete an apprenticeship.

You can start your construction career in Year 9 and 10 via Construction Training Fund’s Try-a-Trade program. Construction Training Fund supports other school-based options with our CTF Scholarships Program and Certificate II construction programs in Year 11 and 12. There are also construction-based VET programs at school and TAFE.
Once you’ve left school you can do an apprenticeship directly with a specific employer or through a group training organisation. You can also go to university for courses such as architecture, town planning, project management and engineering.

Our Industry Training Advisors can also answer any questions you may have and help you work out the best way for you to get on track for a construction related career of your choice.

You may also find that a Jobs and Skills Centre located at a TAFE campus – there 15 across Perth and regional centres – will have resources to help you work out which training course is most likely to help you reach your career goals.
To find out more about different jobs in construction, head to our Find Your Ideal Job page or contact our Industry Training Advisors via email ita@ctf.wa.gov.au or phone 08 9244 0100. We’re here to help.

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