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12 December 2016

Career Corner - Fraser, Survey Assistant


 We first met Fraser when he entered and won our 'Tradies Shorts' competition, in which he created a short video about his traineeship in Civil Construction.

Fraser has now completed his traineeship and we wanted to find out what his journey in a construction career has been like so far!

How did you get into your traineeship and what did you enjoy about it?

I found my traineeship through a link I saw on Facebook. I decided to apply for it because I wanted to get into the construction industry but didn't have enough experience.

I really enjoyed my traineeship because it was exactly what I was looking for. I love operating machines and it gave me plenty of time on the machines as well as giving me the experience in the construction of new roads.

Tell us about your current role as a survey assistant with City of Swan:

As a survey assistant I work with the lead surveyor at the City of Swan. We perform feature surveys of the roads and infrastructure that are then used to design new roads that are bigger and better.

We then set out the newly designed roads and work closely with the construction teams as they build them.

How did you get into your current position?

After finishing my traineeship with the construction teams, the lead surveyor needed an assistant that had on the job experience as well as a desire to pursue a career in surveying. I got accepted into university studying surveying and started in February this year.

Where would you like to see your career in 5 years?

In 5 years time I would like to be working on large scale projects throughout Australia as a surveyor.

I like the idea of working and travelling so if I can get to see Australia and get paid at the same time I'll definitely go for it.

What do you like about being involved in the WA construction industry?

The WA construction industry is great to be involved in because there is so much growth happening, especially in the construction of infrastructure. The increase of population in WA is having a great impact on the construction industry, with plenty of work it's a great place to make a start in the industry.

Finally, what are your hobbies outside of work?

I really enjoy playing football and water skiing when the weather is warmer!

To find out more about a career in the civil sector, check out the videos and Great Careers section at

07 December 2016

PPE Funding

The Construction Training Fund provides funding of up to $150 for student PPE when the are enrolled in approved Certificate II Building and Construction qualifications as part of the WACE.

The funding is available to help meet costs of preparing the students for their work experience placements in the construction industry.

Here is a group of students from Mandurah Catholic College in their PPE ready to head out on site.

02 December 2016

Kings College Try A Trade

Students from Kings College recently took part in a 3 day Try A Trade with Skill Hire. Over the 3 days the students had the opportunity to get a hands on experience of Concreting, Bricklaying and Carpentry facilitated by lecturer Dave Pullen.

The Construction Training Fund contracts Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) to deliver the Try A Trade program to year 9 and 10 students to enable them to make a more informed decision on future career options.