Pre-apprenticeship Program

In 2016 Master Builders Australia was successfully awarded a contract to deliver a pre-apprenticeship program. As part of this contract, Master Builders Queensland has developed a pilot program aimed at helping aspiring tradies get into the industry locally.

About the program

The Pre-apprenticeship Program is a four-week program developed by Master Builders and will deliver courses in west Brisbane and north Brisbane locations.

The four weeks are broken into two main components:

  1. Two-week intensive practical training block: During this time participants will gain practical skills that will be used from day one on the work site.
  2. Following the two-week training block, participants will undertake two-weeks work experience placement (prac) on a work site with a prospective employer.

Currently there are no programs scheduled, however you can register your interest below.

Phone 1300 13 60 02 Register your interest

Program details

Duration Four weeks

Brisbane North Program
BIGA Training,
300 Southpine Road,
Brendale, QLD 4500.

Brisbane West Program
TAFE South West - Bundamba Campus,
Corner Mary & Byrne Streets,
Bundamba, QLD 4304.

Information for students

This program has been designed to give participating students a head start in their quest for an apprenticeship and ultimately a trade.

DurationFour weeks
  • Successful completion of this program does not guarantee you a job/apprenticeship.
  • If you are successful in gaining an apprenticeship, you will receive some credit for the course you completed.
DeliveryFace-to-face learning
Training times7:30am - 4:30pm daily
What to bringStudents will need to bring their own food, drinks, notepad and pens.
What we'll provide

Master Builders will supply each participant a Pre-apprenticeship Program tool kit that is required to be worn and used each day of the program. The kit includes:

  • Work shirts
  • Work shorts
  • Safety boots
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection
  • Took kit
Costs and funding

This course is fully funded for approved participants - eligibility criteria applies.

  • You do not need experience in construction to apply for the program. If you have experience or have done a school program you can still apply for this program.
  • This program is open to any age and gender.
  • This program is open to returned servicemen and women.
  • Participants must have own transport, driver’s license and white card in order to participate.
  • Places are limited and eligibility criteria applies
  • All participants will need to complete a pre-program screening process through one of our program partners
  • Master Builders reserves the right to remove any participant from the program.

Information for employers

Are you in the market for a new apprentice? Looking for someone with practical skills and real experience before making a long-term commitment? Then this program is for you.

The Pre-apprenticeship Program is available to employers in the building and construction industry who are actively looking for an apprentice. It gives employers a great opportunity to work with a student for two-weeks during their practical component of the course, before making a commitment to taking them on as a full-time apprentice.

If at the end of the two weeks you like what you see you can choose to take them on full-time. If not, simply send them back to find another employer. It's totally obligation free.

Register your interest as an employer by contacting our Training team on 1300 136 002.

Important information:

  • All employers will be vetted prior to taking on an apprentice
  • Employers who wish to employ the participant at the end of the program can do so either via either direct indenture or via a partner group training provider
  • Participants are fully screened prior to commencement of the program
  • Participants undertake practical training focusing on skills and attitude
  • Participants must have own transport, driver’s license and white card in order to participate
  • Participants will be equipped with a full Pre-apprenticeship Program kit including, work wear, boots, hard hat, glasses & hearing protection
  • Participants will be supplied with a basic tool kit including: nail bag, hammer, tape, chisel, square, punch & pencils
  • The two weeks students are with you for their work experience (prac), they are at no cost and you can send them back at any time.

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