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Benefits

The construction industry is unique in that it is the only industry in Western Australia that has its own training fund. The Construction Training Fund provides subsidies to eligible construction workers who access training to upgrade their skills.

This means that the costs of skills training required by an individual to develop a career in construction are subsidised by the industry that employs them.

And, this can benefit students - and their parents - whilst they are still at school!

The Fund's Schools2Skills program provides for up to $150 per student undertaking a recognised Certificate II qualification that includes a confirmed work experience placement on a construction site.  The funding is to reduce costs associted with safety equipment (eg steel cap boots) and/or safety training required for work placement on a construction site.

Individual schools make the application to the Fund for all their eligible students and recoup the funding if they incur the costs on behalf of students/parents, or pass on the $150 to students/parents upon presentation of any documentation required by the school.

Please contact your child's school for details and investigate the range of school based programs that can help young people commence a career in construction.

Women in Construction

The construction industry can offer exciting and rewarding benefits for young men and women across a range of qualification levels. You can listen to some young women talk about their careers and future aspirations here and read more about women in construction across Australia here.

Personal development - building leaders

There is no single point of entry into the construction industry and no limits to career potential. Perhaps more importantly, there are no limits to the development of the individual.

Entrepreneurs and leaders
Tradespeople often sub-contract to builders and/or construction companies, effectively running and promoting their own businesses in competitive environments. This can foster new skills in entrepreneurship and business management, and the industry is rich with examples of young men and women who have become successful, influential business leaders as a result of their trade backgrounds. You only need to read the New Homes sections of local press for confirmation.

Qualifications and experience - building blocks to a great career

A trade is perhaps the most popular qualification in the construction industry, with employment opportunities in housing, commercial and engineering sectors of the industry.

Apprenticeship training, like any qualification, can be a great start but it's by no means the end of an individual's education, training and career development. Rather than reading about it, listen to these people talk about their experience, career progression, and the goals they have set for the future.

Other qualifications can be obtained through an individual's career, via short course training,  further and higher education, up to and including undergraduate degrees.

Experience as an industry practitioner is highly regarded and immensely valuable in career development. Registration as a builder includes a number of years' industry experience as a prerequisite, as do a number of senior positions. In fact, experience is often a way to obtain credit for qualifications through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process. 

Security

Construction is identified as a key contributor to the WA economy and is one of the State's biggest employers. Construction activity underpins all other industries and supports population growth in WA. The Department of Training and Workforce Development's construction industry profile provides a useful portrait of industry growth since 2000 and the Construction Training Fund publishes a quarterly Industry Snapshot for reference.