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For Educators

Career opportunities in construction today are diverse and appealing for young people keen to develop a rewarding and satisfying start to their working life.

The Construction Training Fund’s One Industry – No Limits program supports career education for construction with access to quality information materials, guest speakers and a range of other services.

And it’s all free!


The Try-A-Trade program is managed, and wholly funded, by the Construction Training Fund and is available to all year 9 and 10 students throughout Western Australia.

The program is designed as a first step into a career in building and construction by giving students a taste of different trade areas which allows students to make informed choices.

Coordinated and delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that specialise in construction trade training, Try-A-Trade exposes students to a real trade training environment. The courses are delivered by trade qualified lecturers who offer a great insight into our industry and each course is attended by a Training Support Officer from the Training Fund who delivers a careers presentation to the group with relevant information about the next steps in their career and education.

Each Try-A-Trade course focuses on 2 or 3 specialist trade areas, depending on the RTO. They include but are not limited to;

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Plumbing
  • Tiling
  • Electrical

In 2016, 184 Try A Trade programs were delivered to more than 2,600 school students. The Training Fund fully funds each course so there is no cost to the schools and students who attend.

If you would like more information on the TAT program, please contact the Training Support Team on

School presentations

Make just one phone call to the Construction Training Fund and you can arrange to have a guest speaker come to your school to address groups of students about the variety of career opportunities in the construction industry. The speaker can provide expert knowledge of the industry, the apprenticeship and traineeship system, the span of careers available in the industry and can have some great stories to tell about career development.

The Fund's representative will discuss your requirements and tailor a presentation to suit the age range and/or the number of students in each group.

Phone 9244 0100 to arrange a guest speaker for your student program.

The Fund's Schools2Skills Funding program provides schools with nominal funding to reduce costs associated with student entry into school-based construction qualification programs, that include a construction site-based work experience component.

Up to $150 per student can be made available to schools enrolling students in the Certificate II Building and Construction Pathways and Cert II Civil Construction VET qualifications delivered for WACE as part of the Schools2Skills program.  The qualifications are endorsed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority and can account for 4 units towards WACE upon completion.

And students that successfully complete one of the following qualifications as part of their WACE can apply to the Construction Training Fund for a scholarship of $250.

Trades Pathway (52443WA)
The Trade Pathway provides students with the essential theory, skill and workplace experience for entry into one of eleven construction trades. During the first year of the course (generally Year 11), students will undertake key competencies common to a range of trades and combine this with compulsory, site-based work experience. Please note - students will receive a White Card as part of the training delivered in this course. There is no requirement for schools or individuals to source and pay for white card training.

In the second year (Year 12), students select six trade-specific competencies and combine these with further, compulsory site-based work experience.  Upon successful completion, students will receive the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Trade Pathway).

Business Pathway (52642WA)
The Business pathway provides students with essential skills, knowledge and work experience across Years 11 & 12 that will help towards entry into further study and/or employment in key construction occupations such as estimating, scheduling, administration and drafting.

Upon completion, students will be awarded the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Para-Professional Pathway).

Certificate II Civil Construction (RII20715)
The new Cert II in Civil Construction is available for enrolments in 2015. It provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge and experience in preparation for careers in a diverse range of occupations in the civil construction sector. This includes earthworks, plant operations, drainage, estimating, surveying and supervision.

Certificate II Plumbing (52700WA)
The new Certificate II in Plumbing is also available for enrolments in 2015. It covers practical and theoretical training plus work experience placement for students interested in pursuing a career in Plumbing & Gasfitting or Roof Plumbing.

The funding attached to this program is provided to the school to support costs incurred (by schools and/or parents) in equipping students with personal protective equipment (PPE) required for the site-based work experience component of the course. A single payment of $150 per student enrolled in the course will be paid to the school upon confirmation of student enrolment.

Students that successfully complete the Certificate II in Building and Construction (through either Pathway), the Cert II Civil Construction or the Certificate II in Plumbing are eligible to apply for a $250 scholarship from the Construction Training Fund. 

Information materials

The Construction Training Fund has a variety of quality materials outlining the range of career opportunities in today’s construction industry. A range of brochures are available and will be distributed to schools upon request and Career Fact Sheets are available to download from the Real Jobs section of this site.

If you would like more information, please contact the Training Fund on 9244 0100 or email .

Descriptions of a range of different construction occupations and their qualification levels are available in the Great Careers section, and some have downloadable fact sheets attached. 

White card

It is a requirement that all people engaged in work on a live construction site must complete a Construction Safety Awareness Training course and hold a valid White Card.

It is important to note that as of 1 January 2012, the Training Fund suspended rebates to eligible people for White Card training and assessment delivered via online means.