Try-A-Trade

Gain construction experience with CTF’s fully funded Try-A-Trade program. Participants get a taste for careers in the building industry while still at school or if you’re considering a career change, learn what to expect in various trades. Get hands-on training, preparation for specialised careers and in-demand job skills.

Our Try-A-Trade program gives year 9 and above students, or school leavers and mature age job seekers, a chance to try various construction trades. Selected Registered Training Organisations deliver the courses on behalf of CTF at locations throughout Western Australia.

Because CTF fund the program, there is no cost to students or schools to participate.

You can register your interest below:

students and ITA participating in CTF Try-A-Trade program

Try-A-Trade Program Overview

The program gives participants the opportunity to try different trades, find the right career path and learn critical skills needed for the job.

Participants gain real-world experience through practical activities led by an experienced professional. Each Try-A-Trade course runs for up to three days and focuses on two to three trades.

Once completed, participants will have gained a greater understanding of the necessary skills to start a career in construction. CTF’s Industry Training Advisors are available to help answer students’ questions and outline the next steps for education and career opportunities.

Our Try-A-Trade program aims to:

  • Give participants practical and interactive construction experience through fun, hands-on activities
  • Help students make educated choices about study options after school by showcasing the exciting pathways available
  • Raise awareness of construction as a viable career

Try-A-Trade Program Requirements

The Try-A-Trade program is open to anyone with an interest in exploring a career in construction.

Participants are required to source and wear their own steel toe-capped boots and must also be able to travel to the campus where the program is offered.

School students must be in Year 9 or above and can choose to participate through school or apply as an individual if their school doesn’t participate.

Available Courses and Trades

Try-A-Trade courses are offered in a range of trade areas with a particular focus on areas where there are a high demand and skills shortages. CTF will try to match participants with their areas of interest but cannot guarantee the availability of specific requests.

Trades available through Try-A-Trade include:

  • Airconditioning and Refrigeration
  • Bricklaying and Blocklaying
  • Building Design and/or Interior Design
  • Cabinet Making 
  • Carpentry 
  • Civil Construction
  • Concreting
  • Design
  • Drafting
  • Electrical
  • Estimating
  • Glazing
  • Mechanical Fitting
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Plumbing
  • Rail Infrastructure
  • Roof Plumbing
  • Scheduling
  • Solid Plastering
  • Stonemasonry 
  • Surveying
  • Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Wall and Ceiling Lining

Places are limited so it’s important to register your interest early to avoid missing out.

For more information, please email ita@ctf.wa.gov.au or phone 08 9244 0100. We’re here to help.

    Try-A-Trade FAQ's

  • The program is designed for school students in years 9 and above, as well as school leavers and mature age job seekers who have an interest in exploring construction careers. Try-A-Trade is the perfect stepping stone to starting an apprenticeship and helps you to gain an insight into the construction industry.

  • Each course runs for between one and three days. Participants must be able to attend all required days.

  • Try-A-Trade is fully funded by Construction Training Fund (CTF) in Western Australia.

  • There are no fees for participants or schools

  • The program is designed to give participants a taste of a day in the life of different construction roles. One of the biggest benefits of our Try-A-Trade program is the career advice and job insights into different career options participants gain. This provides them the opportunity to explore the skills required and learn about the pathways to work in a specific trade in the building and construction industry.

    Participants find themselves in a better position to make educated decisions about their careers.

  • Other benefits of our Try-A-Trade program are:

    • Hands-on learning
    • The opportunity to try a trade before you commit to a long-term apprenticeship
    • Learn about the variety of roles available within the construction industry and the skills required
    • Meeting, talking to and learning from trade professionals, lecturers and local industry people
    • No cost
  • We are currently accepting Expressions of Interest to participate in Try-A-Trade for Terms 3 and 4 of 2022. You can participate through your school or if you are no longer at school or want to participate outside of school, register your details so we can let you know when a public course is running.

  • Participants can take part in all Try-A-Trade programs. We encourage participants to attend as many as practical, this way they can get a taster of multiple trades before making a decision.

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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.