Pre-Apprenticeship Scholarship Program

Take the first step towards a career in construction while still at school with our Scholarship Pre-Apprenticeship Program. The course is designed to combine work experience, training and education while helping students explore and plan career options.

The Construction Training Fund Scholarship Program is an innovative way to get a head start and work towards a building and construction apprenticeship. Suitable for Year 11 and Year 12 students, our Pre-Apprenticeship Scholarship Program is highly regarded by employers and may provide credits or reduced time as an apprentice.

Each year scholarships are awarded to students in Western Australia with a passion for the building industry. Gain experience and unlock job-ready training while completing school.

A Construction Training Fund Scholarship provides students with the best chance of securing an apprenticeship and career in building and construction.

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Pre-Apprenticeship Course Overview

The Scholarship Program involves the completion of a fully-funded pre-apprenticeship course. High school students are provided with support and advice from Industry Training Advisors and past students. Students also get additional job readiness training and are supplied with uniforms free of charge.

Students can nominate their preference for a one-year or two-year course, depending on availability. Students will complete theory and practical training, as well as up to 220 hours of work experience.

Course Requirements

Applicants require consent from their school and parents to participate.

Important COVID-19 update:

This course includes work placement in a Group 1 or Group 2 industry as outlined in COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy. For the latest information on vaccine requirements visit the COVID-19 page at WA.gov.au.

Who can Apply

The program is perfect for Year 10 or Year 11 students interested in completing a pre-apprenticeship at school during Years 11 and/or 12.

How to Apply

CTF is currently taking expressions of interest to determine the demand from students for courses commencing in 2023.

Places are allocated by region and pathway in July. The number of places available will depend on a few factors such as:

  • Available funding
  • Where training providers are available
  • What trades are currently in demand
  • Where there is interest across the region

Registered students will be notified by email once applications open.

Where do I Start?

If you are ready to start a career in construction, the next step is to register your interest below and get notified by CTF of placement availability.

Register your interest for a pathway into your trade of choice now.

Once applications open, you will be required to nominate the course you wish to apply for and complete an application form. The form will include a section about why you should be selected.

You will also be interviewed before enrolment is confirmed. CTF will work with select Registered Training Organisations to select students once applications close. Typically, interviews occur in September and October.

Scholarship Program Support with CTF

If you need assistance with your application or would like more information, please email ita@ctf.wa.gov.au or call us on (08) 9244 0100. We’re here to help.

    Pre-Apprenticeship Course FAQs

  • Students can choose to complete a one-year or two-year program at one of our partner training providers.

    One-year program

    This option involves attending training and/or work experience two days a week in Year 11 or Year 12.

    Two-year program

    Alternatively, the two-year program involves attending training and/or work experience one day a week in Year 11 and Year 12.

    Students complete between 110 and 220 hours of hands-on work experience with an employer to put the skills learned into practice in a real workplace environment. This may require students to complete work experience on weekends and school holidays. Completion of the Certificate II qualification through the Scholarship Program can contribute points toward the WA Certificate of Education (WACE).

  • The Scholarship Pre-Apprenticeship Program is fully funded by the Construction Training Fund. There is no cost to the student, school, parents or caregivers.

    Each scholarship covers the costs of all:

    • Fees, enrolment and resource costs for courses with a partner Registered Training Organisation
    • Uniforms, including personal protective safety equipment and clothing
    • Work experience
    • Regular mentoring by industry experts
    • Skills enrichment workshops including subjects to help you get job-ready such as communication and interview skills, as well as presentations from current and past apprentices
    • Advice about careers and pathways
    • Meetings with industry employers
    • Regular reports to parents and schools
  • Our pre-apprenticeship courses are different because they involve additional services not covered in a traditional pre-apprenticeship course.

    Most courses are a short duration post-school program (average of 10 weeks). However, our pre-apprenticeship course runs for up to two years to provide students with comprehensive training and resources for maximum career pathway support.

    There is no requirement to complete a pre-apprenticeship course in Perth before starting an apprenticeship. However, our Scholarship Program can offer excellent exposure and experience, as well as increase your chances of a qualified career in construction.

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Acknowledgement of Country

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.