Master Builders has access to a wide range of funding for students, which can significantly reduce course fees on eligible courses and for eligible students.

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Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent, industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry.

Funding opportunities, in partnership with Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), are available statewide from time to time, and will be allocated on a first in, best dressed basis, subject to CSQ’s eligibility criteria.

CSQ eligibility:

  • An existing worker currently employed in the construction industry
  • An Australian or New Zealand or permanent resident of Australia or a refugee and Humanitarian visa holder
  • Permanently reside in Queensland or be permanently employed in the Queensland construction industry
  • Must not be an employee of any authority (local, state, or Commonwealth Government Department or statutory body) or RTO
  • Must not be a contracted trainer or assessor.

Eligible participants must also be able to meet a set criteria from either List A or List B:

LIST A – For Existing or Unemployed Eligible workers:

  • An existing worker and eligible worker in the building and construction industry; or
  • An unemployed eligible worker – must be less than 4 years and was employed in the building and construction industry before being unemployed; or
  • An employee of an Indigenous Council that is a Principal Contractor – evidence must state the Council is a Principal Contractor.

An Eligible Worker has the same meaning as the Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Services Leave) Act 1991 (Qld) as amended from time to time.

An Existing Worker is a current Employee in the Building and Construction Industry who has a one month or more employment relationship with their Employer. The working relationship can be built up through full-time, part-time or casual employment or engagement as a contract worker.

LIST B – For Apprentices or Trainees:

  • A current apprentice or trainee; or
  • A current apprentice or trainee who is working on a major project; or
  • An Existing Worker or Unemployed Eligible Worker no more than 365 days out of their Apprenticeship or Traineeship; or
  • An Existing Worker no more than 365 days out of their Apprenticeship/Traineeship who is working on a major project; or
  • An Apprentice or Trainee that has been cancelled and they are currently accessing State Government funding to complete their institution-based training.

An Apprentice or Trainee must be one of the 32 recognised construction apprenticeships or traineeships. Please contact us to discuss whether your trade is eligible on 1300 13 60 02.

It's important to note that if you're eligible and successful in obtaining funding for a short course or qualification through CSQ for your course with Master Builders now, you won't be eligible for any additional funding from CSQ under the same contract.

A condition of the funding is that there is a mandatory student contribution fee. Master Builders will advise this fee throughout the enrolment process.

Building Industry Fairness (BIF) Act 2017 CSQ funding eligibility requirements
Workshops delivered to participants in the Queensland Building and Construction Industry such as (but not limited to) contractors, builders, sub-contractors, manufactures and suppliers.

BIF potential students must provide:

  • Company Name (who they work for);
  • Job title/role;
  • Current email address;
  • Whether that are a QMBA member or not;
  • Location of training.

BERT Training Fund

The BERT Training Fund (BTF) assists in the training of workers in the building and construction industry who are members of the Building Employees Redundancy Trust (BERT).   BERT-logo-Resized

Through skills training, workers can increase their skills, knowledge and expertise. This leads to better employment options, higher wages and a more productive industry.

BTF will provide assistance in both trade and non-trade occupations and in the building, civil and engineering construction sectors of the industry.

BERT eligibility:

  • Be employed by a BERT member and/or
  • Be a BERT contributing member.

From time to time Master Builders is granted a contract from BTF for workers in the commercial construction sector.
Funding for training delivery is provided on the following basis:

  • 100% for a student who has a BERT Fund registration number and whose employer contributes to the BERT Fund
  • 100% for a student who doesn't have a BERT Fund registration number but is employed by an employer who contributes on behalf of other employees into the BERT Fund.

Funding is not available for students who are employees of state government departments or shareholding entities, or local government authorities. Students may be eligible to receive a refund of course fees paid if they have a BERT Fund registration number but their employer doesn't contribute to the BERT Fund.

You can contact BERT Training Fund directly on (07) 3833 1191 or email them for more information.

What's next?

Please give us a call to discuss the best funding option for your course.

Phone 1300 13 60 02

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