Based at Holden Hill, South Australia, FCTA is registered with theAustralian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) RTO Code 40057 and for training with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). We offer the same training qualifications in Bricklaying, Solid Plastering, Wall & Ceiling Lining and Tiling as any TAFE.

The difference is that FCTA offers flexible timing and training for both apprentices and people seeking to gain work in the building industry.

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Our Apprentice Courses

  • Bricklaying
  • Tiling
  • Solid Plastering
  • Wall & Ceiling Lining

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To see what trades FCTA – Building Careers trains in visit our courses page

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Information for Employers

Employer Incentives

Employing a South Australian Apprentice

ABBTF Brickstart Subsidy: For BRICKLAYING APPRENTICES ONLY
ABBTF is the only trade body in Australia providing financial support to its industry members.   The Brickstart Subsidy provides up to $3,000 in wage support over three years for bricklayers and builders directly employing bricklaying apprentices – with $1,000 paid on the satisfactory completion of each of the first three years of the apprenticeship.

ABBTF Support for Adult Apprentice Bricklayers (SAAB):
Support is available for the employment of adult bricklayer apprentices between the age of 21 and 24 years.  A $2,000 subsidy is paid to the employer on the completion of Year 1 of the apprenticeship.  Full details are available Here.  

Federal Government Subsidy: FOR ALL APPRENTICES
A $4,000 grant is available over the life of the Apprenticeship together with other specific benefits.  These are included in the ABBTF brochure below and further details are available at the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Group Training Organisation Hosting:
Bricklayers and builders wishing to employ a new apprentice through a Group Training Organisation (GTO) should enquire in relation to SAAB funding arrangements with the GTO.  View South Australian GTO Locations

Further details on all subsidies are set out in the following brochure, also downloadable here.  For more information or to commence with an apprentice, contact the State office of ABBTF.

ABBTF is the only trade body in Australia to provide financial support.  Together with the Federal Government and CITB subsidies (conditions apply), there is total support of $15,400 for signing a new apprentice bricklayer.

Group Training Organisations may pass on the benefits from CITB and the Federal Government.

Information on Federal and State Government incentives is also available at Australian Apprenticeships (search for Employer Incentives) and CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).

How to hire an apprentice

It seems like hard work, but FCTA is here to walk tradies through the process of hiring an apprentice for the first time. The SA Government site has a good guide available, click here to follow the link. The former Skills for All now WorkReady programme also have information on their website – it just isnt as user friendly, click here to view their information. The information below is correct as of 28/09/2015. Click to read more http://www.fcta.com.au/step-step-guide-hire-apprentice-first-time/

Award rates

Apprentices and trainees are employees who have a formal training contract with their employer. Special rates and conditions apply to these employees. The Fair Work Ombudsman has a pay calculator to let employers and apprentices check pay rates. Visit http://calculate.fairwork.gov.au/FindYourAward to start the process. Apprentices come under the Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010 (MA000020)

Qualifications Offered

Certificate II in Construction (CPC20112) is a course for students who are seeking apprenticeships or labouring work in one of the mortar/trowel trades. Students are introduced to the basics of bricklaying, tiling, solid plastering, wall & ceiling lining (as an elective), concreting, and basic scaffolding.

Career Outcomes:

FCTA – Building Careers has a range of contacts in the industry and can provide students assistance with opportunities for work experience and apprenticeships. Employment is not guaranteed, but all possible assistance will be provided.

Certificate III in Bricklaying (CPC30111) is a course for students who have an apprenticeship. There are 27 units that make up this qualification. Some of these units can be delivered onsite, but more complicated units require apprentices to attend trade school.

Featured Courses:

The Australian Brick & Block Training Foundation (ABBTF) provide support for people interested in trying bricklaying for 1 week at no cost. This is a limited offer. Applicants must be over 17 with a drivers license.

A self funded 1 week introduction course is also offered by FCTA – Building Careers. For more information click on our short courses page.

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Certificate III in Tiling (CPC31311) is a course for students who have an apprenticeship. There are 19 units that make up this qualification. Some of these units can be delivered onsite, but more complicated units require apprentices to attend trade school.

Featured Courses:

FCTA – Building Careers offers short courses in Tiling and Waterproofing throughout the year.

Certificate III in Solid Plastering (CPC31011) is a course for students who have an apprenticeship. There are 20 units that make up this qualification. Some of these units can be delivered onsite, but more complicated units require apprentices to attend trade school.

Featured Courses:

FCTA – Building Careers offers 3 short course in this trade. The most commonly known area of solid plastering is acrylic rendering – this method is seen on many rendered homes in South Australia. Another 2 courses cover the more traditional aspects of sand and cement rendering and creating quoins and banding. These courses are excellent for existing tradespeople to expand their skills.

Mt Gambier Region ONLY: Certificate III in Wall & Ceiling Lining (CPC31211) is a course for students who have an apprenticeship. There are 26 units that make up this qualification. Some of these units can be delivered onsite, but more complicated units require apprentices to attend trade school.

Featured Courses:

FCTA – Building Careers offers a short course in the heritage side of this trade. This course offers training in the creation of moulds,  running of cornices, restoration of plasterwork and other skills apprentices are no longer formally trained in.

The South Australian Government requires tradespeople to complete 2 business units of competency (2 subjects) before being able to gain a license: BSBSMB406A – Manage small business finances & CPCCBC4009B – Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects. These units are offered over 2 weekends, 4 days in total.

Extra Support:

There are two pathways to becomes a registered tradie. One way is via an apprenticeship, the other is via trade experience. Everyone who wants a license has to apply through Consumer & Business Services. Some applicants will be asked in to attend a technical interview. We recommend contacting Sam Cottell if you are unsure about the process. Sam is a trades licensing expert and can walk you though the process. Visit tradelicencesa.com.au for more information.

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