Pre-Apprenticeships in Construction

How to Do a Pre-Apprenticeship

In Australia, trades are quickly becoming more popular than white collar jobs. Plumbers, builders, electricians and carpenters are all in high demand thanks to recent boosts to the Australian construction industry. Competition for work is fierce, and it’s important to secure a good apprenticeship in order to get your career started the right way. Why not give yourself the extra edge by signing up for a pre-apprenticeship course?

What is a Pre-Apprenticeship?

This is a program designed to give you the skinny on all construction-related trades. Not only will this course make you more favourable to construction companies, but it will also give you a realistic impression of what it’s like to work in the industry. These in-class courses include plenty of off-the-job training opportunities. These are supplemented by theoretical materials and hands-on practical experiences. It’s possible to do a pre-apprenticeship in a wide range of trades, including bricklaying, carpentry, signage, engineering, electrical trades, plumbing and frame-making. Let’s take a look at what some of these courses entail.


Successful completion of this course will get you a Certificate II in Building and Construction. Here, you will explore all of the basics of skilled bricklaying, as well as carpentry, painting, and floor and wall tiling. No pre-requisites for this course exist, other than the fact that applicants below the age of 15 require a letter of permission from their schools or guardians.


If you’re interested in working as an electrician, a pre-apprenticeship or Certificate II in Electro-technology Studies will make sure that your skills are noticed. Here, you will learn the basics of assembling and installing power supply units, lights and other power systems. All of the practical experience you gain in this field is supported by strong theoretical course components. Construction companies favour pre-apprenticeship graduates, as they do not need to spend too much time training them on the job.


Do you have a knack for working with pipes? How about a Certificate II in Plumbing? This course will give you all the skills you need to work with the relevant plumbing tools, and how install, maintain and repair water and gas systems. This course also places a lot of emphasis on Workplace Health and Safety, as well as on sustainable and environmentally-conscious plumbing.


Ever wanted to put your artistic talent to the test? In signage course, or Certificate II in Signage, you will learn how to design and construct signs for displays, buildings and even vehicles. You’ll be able to qualify for work in graphic design, engraving and other trades. This industry highlights the perfect intersection between creativity and functionality.

How do I Get Started?

Most courses require the completion of an application form, which is downloadable from the internet. You may also be required to hand in supplementary forms, depending on the course you wish to do. These could include Secondary School Certificates or a community reference form.

All courses take six months (half a year) to complete. All sessions take place in classrooms, and students can learn on either full-time or part-time bases. Successful graduates have had no problem finding apprenticeships and job placements after completion of the course. So, if you want to get your career in construction off to a good start, consider a pre-apprenticeship.

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