Pre-Apprenticeship Scholarship Program

Take the first step towards a career in construction while still at school with our Scholarship Pre-Apprenticeship Program. The course is designed to combine work experience, training and education while helping students explore and plan career options.

The Construction Training Fund Scholarship Program is an innovative way to get a head start and work towards a building and construction apprenticeship. Suitable for Year 11 and Year 12 students, our Pre-Apprenticeship Scholarship Program is highly regarded by employers and may provide credits or reduced time as an apprentice.

Each year scholarships are awarded to students in Western Australia with a passion for the building industry. Gain experience and unlock job-ready training while completing school.

A Construction Training Fund Scholarship provides students with the best chance of securing an apprenticeship and career in building and construction.

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Pre-Apprenticeship Course Overview

The Scholarship Program involves the completion of a fully-funded pre-apprenticeship course. High school students are provided with support and advice from Industry Training Advisors and past students. Students also get additional job readiness training and are supplied with uniforms free of charge.

Students can nominate their preference for a one-year or two-year course, depending on availability. Students will complete theory and practical training, as well as up to 220 hours of work experience.

Course Requirements

Applicants require consent from their school and parents to participate.

Important COVID-19 update:

This course includes work placement in a Group 1 or Group 2 industry as outlined in COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy. For the latest information on vaccine requirements visit the COVID-19 page at WA.gov.au.

Who can Apply

The program is perfect for Year 10 or Year 11 students interested in completing a pre-apprenticeship at school during Years 11 and/or 12.

How to Apply

CTF is currently taking expressions of interest to determine the demand from students for courses commencing in 2023.

Places are allocated by region and pathway in July. The number of places available will depend on a few factors such as:

  • Available funding
  • Where training providers are available
  • What trades are currently in demand
  • Where there is interest across the region

Registered students will be notified by email once applications open.

Where do I Start?

If you are ready to start a career in construction, the next step is to register your interest below and get notified by CTF of placement availability.

Register your interest for a pathway into your trade of choice now.

Once applications open, you will be required to nominate the course you wish to apply for and complete an application form. The form will include a section about why you should be selected.

You will also be interviewed before enrolment is confirmed. CTF will work with select Registered Training Organisations to select students once applications close. Typically, interviews occur in September and October.

Scholarship Program Support with CTF

If you need assistance with your application or would like more information, please email ita@ctf.wa.gov.au or call us on (08) 9244 0100. We’re here to help.

    Pre-Apprenticeship Course FAQs

  • Students can choose to complete a one-year or two-year program at one of our partner training providers.

    One-year program

    This option involves attending training and/or work experience two days a week in Year 11 or Year 12.

    Two-year program

    Alternatively, the two-year program involves attending training and/or work experience one day a week in Year 11 and Year 12.

    Students complete between 110 and 220 hours of hands-on work experience with an employer to put the skills learned into practice in a real workplace environment. This may require students to complete work experience on weekends and school holidays. Completion of the Certificate II qualification through the Scholarship Program can contribute points toward the WA Certificate of Education (WACE).

  • The Scholarship Pre-Apprenticeship Program is fully funded by the Construction Training Fund. There is no cost to the student, school, parents or caregivers.

    Each scholarship covers the costs of all:

    • Fees, enrolment and resource costs for courses with a partner Registered Training Organisation
    • Uniforms, including personal protective safety equipment and clothing
    • Work experience
    • Regular mentoring by industry experts
    • Skills enrichment workshops including subjects to help you get job-ready such as communication and interview skills, as well as presentations from current and past apprentices
    • Advice about careers and pathways
    • Meetings with industry employers
    • Regular reports to parents and schools
  • Our pre-apprenticeship courses are different because they involve additional services not covered in a traditional pre-apprenticeship course.

    Most courses are a short duration post-school program (average of 10 weeks). However, our pre-apprenticeship course runs for up to two years to provide students with comprehensive training and resources for maximum career pathway support.

    There is no requirement to complete a pre-apprenticeship course in Perth before starting an apprenticeship. However, our Scholarship Program can offer excellent exposure and experience, as well as increase your chances of a qualified career in construction.

  • The Construction Training Fund Scholarship Program is an innovative way for students to get a head start on their carer. Year 11 and Year 12 students can complete a pre-apprenticeship which results in a Certificate II qualification, and gain valuable work experience on a construction site, helping to prepare them for the world of work. The Scholarship Program is highly regarded by employers and may provide credits or reduced time as an apprentice.

  • By completing the program, students will:

    • Gain practical work experience in a trade in a real construction environment to help prepare them for the world of work;
    • Complete a Certificate II qualification which can contribute to their WACE;
    • Gain credits towards a construction apprenticeship;
    • Broaden their prospects for employment; and
    • Develop an awareness of construction career options.
  • There are options to complete a one-year or two-year program.

    Students attend training and work experience one or two days during the school week and may be required to participate in additional days of work experience during school holidays or on weekends.

  • CTF fully funds the Scholarship Program so that there is no cost to schools, parents, or students for the course. Each scholarship covers the costs of all:

    • Fees, enrolment, and resource costs for courses with a partner Registered Training Organisation
    • Uniforms, including personal protective safety equipment and clothing
    • Work experience
    • Regular mentoring by industry experts
    • Skills enrichment workshops including subjects to help you get job-ready such as communication and interview skills, as well as presentations from current and past apprentices
    • Advice about careers and pathways
    • Meetings with industry employers
    • Regular reports to parents and schools
  • CTF selects and funds a range of Registered Training Organisations across Western Australia to provide the services. We are currently in the process of refreshing our provider list, so this will be available on our website once complete.

    • Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway – Trades) – Brick and Blocklaying, Solid Plastering, Wall and Ceiling Lining, Wall and Floor Tiling, Painting and Decorating, Carpentry, Mortar Trades
    • Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway – Paraprofessional)
    • Certificate II in Civil Construction
    • Certificate II in Plumbing
    • Certificate II in Construction Pathways (Building Maintenance Pathway) *This pathway is restricted to students in remote communities, aboriginal or disengaged students, which could include youth at risk.

     

    Note: not all trades are available in all locations, and we cannot guarantee that preferences will be met.

  • Yes.

    Students complete both theory and practical training and assessment, including real projects on a construction worksite. Students complete their White Card with the training provider before they participate in work experience to ensure they can safely work in a construction environment.

    Upon successful completion of all theory and practical assessments, as well as achievement of the required work experience hours, students will receive a Certificate II qualification.

  • CTF offers around 200 places per year through a competitive application process

  • The Scholarship Program is delivered at the RTO’s training facility or a Trade Training Centre, with access to quality tools, equipment, and materials for the course, realistic to current construction worksite conditions.

    Students will also participate in work experience which can be at various locations.

    The training providers work with students to try and find work experience in a location that suits the student based on where they live and transport options available.

  • We ask for schools to:

    • Assist in promoting construction careers to students and parents as a possible pathway for all, particularly focusing on increased participation from females and diversity groups.
    • Assist in educating students on how to apply and supporting them in completing an application.
    • Encourage students to attend the CTF Construction Futures Centre and participate in a Try-A-Trade before applying for the program (where possible).
    • Provide us with feedback on the program, the administration processes, and the training providers, so we can continuously improve the program.
  • Simply hit the yellow REGISTER TODAY button above to register their interest. It will take them to a form to complete.

  • Construction Training Fund (CTF) will collect the expressions of interest until around July. Dependant on interest in each trade and location, we will then work with training providers to find their capacity to deliver to students in the following year.

    We will email students who have expressed an interest with information on how to submit an application. This will include a section about why they should be selected.

    Registered Training Organisations will conduct interviews with the students to determine if they are suitable for the program in September and October and offer places to the most competitive students.

    CTF will remain in touch with students on their journey throughout the program, conducting regular visits to them during their training. We will send out a short survey to the students and you at the end of the program. We are always happy to discuss any feedback you have or answer any questions.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Construction Training Fund acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land throughout Western Australia and pay our respect to the Elders both past and present. We thank them for their ongoing custodianship of the lands and waters, and celebrate their rich culture of art, song, dance, language, and stories.