School Based Programs

The Construction Training Fund has a range of school programs and scholarships that can help you get a head start in a career in the building and construction industry. Check out the range of training opportunities below.

Years 9 & 10 Try-A-Trade Program

The CTF works closely with specialist construction RTOs to provide your school with the opportunity to experience a three day course for Year 9 and 10 students. The Try-A-Trade course is 100% funded by the CTF and is at no cost to you or the school.

Try-A-Trade gives you hands-on experience across a range of different trades, and each course is delivered by professional lecturers who guide you through practical activities and teach key trade skills. Industry Training Advisors also deliver presentations with helpful information about the next steps in your career and education.

Each Try-A-Trade course focuses on 2 or 3 specialist trade areas, and they include, but are not limited to:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Plumbing
  • Tiling
  • Electrical
  • Para Professional/Business

Years 11 & 12 Scholarship Program

Students who enjoyed Try-A-Trade courses say it helped confirm their decision to follow a career path in construction, leading them towards a construction VET qualification in Year 11 and 12.

Here’s what you can choose from:

  • Certificate II in Building and Construction Trades Pathway is your best start if you’re looking to get an apprenticeship in a construction trade.
  • Cert II Building and Construction Business Pathway is the best way of starting a career in some of the specialised, non-trade roles the building industry. You could be on your way to be a drafter, scheduler, estimator or supervisor, among others.
  • Certificate II Civil Construction.
  • Certificate II in Plumbing.

Each of the Certificate II qualifications offer the following benefits – practical skills, training work experience placement, four units towards WACE, and the opportunity to practice and demonstrate your key skills.

Certificate II VETiS Scholarship program

The CTF Scholarship program for WACE students has a value of $10,000 (over two years) and offers you the best head-start for employment within the building and construction industry.

The Scholarship covers the cost of your tuition, Registered Training enrollment costs, safety equipment and clothing. There will never be any cost to the school, student or parent.

You can apply for scholarships in any one of the following programs:

  • Certificate II Building and Construction – Trades Pathway (52824WA)
  • Certificate II Building and Construction – Construction Business Pathway (52825WA)
  • Certificate II Plumbing (52700WA)

To apply, please contact CTF on 9244 0100 or email us.

VETiS and Pre-apprenticeship Awards

If you successfully complete a recognised Certificate II Building and Construction qualification as part of your full-time WACE studies, you can apply to the Construction Training Fund for a $250 Pre-Apprenticeship Award.

The qualifications included through VETiS are:

  • Certificate II Building and Construction – Trades Pathway (52824WA)
  • Certificate II Building and Construction – Construction Business Pathway (52825WA)
  • Certificate II Civil Construction (RII20715)
  • Certificate II Plumbing (52700WA)

The qualifications included via full-time pre-apprenticeship enrollment are:

  • Certificate II Building and Construction – Trades Pathway (52824WA)
  • Certificate II Building and Construction – Construction Business Pathway (52825WA)
  • Certificate II Civil Construction (RII20715)
  • Certificate II Plumbing (52700WA)
  • Certificate II Electrotechnology (UEE22011) Electrical, Career Start
  • Certificate II in Engineering (MEM20105) Refrigeration & Air conditioning

To apply for the Award, please contact CTF on 9244 0100 or email us.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

If your goal is an apprenticeship or traineeship, you can maximise your chances of success by completing a recognised construction course in Years 11 & 12, such as the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Trades Pathway) or the Cert II Civil Construction. Plus, you could also end up with credit and reduced time in an apprenticeship.

Living away from home allowance

The CTF Accommodation Allowance is given in addition to that provided to eligible apprentices/trainees by the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD). The final amount of assistance made available from the CTF is based on the amount paid for accommodation (as noted on the invoice), less the amount of the allowance provided by DTWD and will not exceed $70 per night’s accommodation.

For more information, please contact CTF on 9244 0100 or email us.