Our next Cert II Construction (CPC20112) course starts on Tuesday 28th April. The course runs for 10 weeks Tuesday – Friday at 15 Jacobsen Crs, Holden Hill. This course is often referred to as a ‘pre-apprenticeship’ course as there are employers seeking this qualification to hire apprentices. A variety of trades are covered during the 10 weeks including, bricklaying, tiling, solid plastering, concreting, scaffolding and wall & ceiling lining (on request). Students will focus on developing practical skills. There is however some book work required, and our trainers are here to assist people with any reading or writing issues. The course is currently covered by Skills for All funding for eligible students, to check your eligibility, click here.
The SA Contractors Licence course is becoming more and more popular. In South Australia tradies are required to complete 2 small business units before the can apply for a licence, visit cbs.sa.gov.au for more information. We run the course over 2 weekends, taking a 1 week break inbetween so you can spend some time with family!
Our course is run by a qualified builder with extensive knowledge of the Building Code of Australia. Remember, without a contractors licence, customer who refuse to pay cannot be forced to!
The course costs $450 for CITB construction industry workers, or $950 for people ineligible for a CITB number. Visit citb.org.au to find out more about how to apply for an industry training card.
To book your place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 83675615. You can pay online here
Did you know that customers can refuse to pay tradies who are unlicensed? Tradies are also at risk of fines up to $20,000 for working without a licence. I’ve gone through the online process of applying for a tradies contractors license, and it isn’t as difficult as it seems! We also run the Contractors Licence Course which is required to get a licence.
The process to apply for a licence can seem a little overwhelming, but there is help available. This week I called up the government department that looks after licensing to discuss some particular issues we weren’t sure about. A big thanks to Margret for answering my many questions!
Firstly, the name of the government department that manages trades licensing is now called “Consumer & Business Services” (www.cbs.sa.gov.au) in the past it was usually referred to as OCBA. Along with a new name, there is a new website with lots of helpful information and even an online application process.
Essentially there are 2 types of tradies who go for their licence. Those that have completed the traditional style apprenticeship, and those that have worked in the industry as labourers gradually gaining more skills in particular trades.
Apprentices usually get a more streamlined application, but not always! Labourers who have not completed an apprenticeship are more likely to be asked to attend a technical interview. Feedback we’ve had from applicants is that the interviewer will generally ask them questions about a typical days work, seeking clarification on OHS/ WHS issues, materials used and Australia Standards. The technical interview can go in a different direction if the person interviewing you thinks there is a potential issue. Examples include not being aware of state based requirements for some specific building activities. So its worth reviewing Australian Standards and South Australian Ministerial Specifications.
The application costs around $390, this is just for the contractors licence in a specified trade. You will be required to select which trade or trades you want on your licence. In SA it is also a requirement to complete 2 business units. I recently completed these myself, and found it really informative. One of the units is in business law. This is how I found out that customer can refuse unlicensed tradies payment! The second unit is in business finance. It takes you through how to read and understand your businesses finances, even if you have an accountant handle it for you.
A police check is required, along with a certificate of eligibility for Building Indemnity Insurance. If you plan on working on your own, you’ll also need to apply for a supervisors licence, that costs around another $110. If you are working with someone else who already has a supervisors licence, you can nominate them on your application.
It seems like a lot of money in fees, but there is growing awareness in the community about licencing, and many customers will go online to check. A little bit of cost upfront, could see you avoid a fine, but more importantly help you grow your business.
As always, if you’re stuck, give us a call and arrange a time to catch up! More information is available at http://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/wcm/
We have had an enormous response to the Jim Baff Scholarship programme. We have filled up all the places for this year and we have a lengthy waitlist in case of cancellations. We plan to launch a crowd sourcing funding campaign later in the year to try to meet demand. So far we have trained 8 students at Cert II and Cert III levels. For asylum seekers this allows them to be work ready for when their visa status is changed to allow them to work. For existing citizens the programme has allowed them to increase the breadth of their experience and provide them with the opportunity to expand their future businesses. If you are interested about the programme email email@example.com.
For years the CITB have paid apprentice incentives based on the filling in of an on the job diary. Times are changing and the CITB has updated to a nifty app called “My Profiling”. Apprentices can download the app on their smart phones and enter in the types of tasks they have completed during the week. Its a simple process with images of various tasks like “setting up a job”. The apprentice then submits their entry for the employer to approve. Employers will soon have their own app to sign off on their apprentices work, but currently they can log onto http://my.edu.au/myprofiling/ to approve the entries. Thats it. No more paperwork, just a quick tap on the phone on Friday afternoon. If you have any questions, you can always ask us to give a demonstration. Not much effort required for employers to be eligible to receive $1800 per year from the CITB!
HAVE YOU GOT YOUR UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER (USI) NUMBER?
From 1 January 2015 all students will be required to have a USI, because…government. This is a requirement for all courses, including the White Card and Contractors Licence courses.
It’s easy…follow these 6 simple steps
STEP 1: Have at least one form of ID ready: Driver’s License, Australian Passport, Medicare Card, Birth Certificate, Visa (with non-Australian Passport), Immigration Card or Citizenship Certificate.
STEP 2: Have your personal contact details ready: Address, email and/or phone number.
STEP 4: Agree to the terms and conditions and follow the steps.
STEP 5: Write your unique number down and keep it somewhere handy and safe.
STEP 6: Bring this number with you when you enrol.
As part of FCTA’s commitment to assisting the Adelaide construction industry, the Jim Baff Scholarship programme offers people who are ineligible for funded training a chance to learn a trade. Our latest graduate is Farhad Ghanbarzadeh. Farhad completed study in all the practical hands on aspects of bricklaying. He is now looking for work in Adelaide. Farhad has an excellent work ethic, recruiting FCTA trainer Phil Sweet to train him on a weekend. On behalf of the team at FCTA we’d like to wish Farhad and his family all the best for the future. If you are interested in hiring, please contact Trisch on 8367 5615 or 0400 597 117.
Our popular pre-apprentice starts on Tuesday 3rd February. These courses help people interested in gaining an apprenticeship by giving them experience with the type of projects carried out by tradespeople. The course focuses on training in Bricklaying, Tiling, Solid Plastering, Concreting and Basic Scaffolding.
We have had successful students go on to gain apprenticeships across all trades. FCTA has a strong network of employers currently looking to hire Solid Plastering, and Tiling apprentices. Bricklaying apprenticeships come up on a regular basis, with the trade now seen as a major skills shortage in South Australia.
To arrange to meet with us about the course, call 8367 5615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This years choice for Apprentice of the Year was made easy, as each staff member – from all our trades – recommended Nathan Dekker.
Nathan is 75% through his Cert III in Bricklaying. His work is of high quality. He is normally the first apprentice to arrive in the morning, and the one who creates a great mood amongst everyone. Aside from the trophy, Nathan will receive free training in the 2 small business units required to apply for a contractors license. Nathan has enormous potential for the future. From the team at FCTA – Building Careers, we’d like to wish Nathan and his lovely family a Merry Christmas. We are looking forward to 2015 and working with Nathan again!
Apprentices are now able to have their wages ‘topped up’ via the Governments ‘Trade Support Loan’ scheme. Apprentices need to fill in an application form with their apprenticeship broker, sometimes called an “AAC” these are the people who come out to sign up apprentices formally.
Unfortunately trade schools, and employers are unable to do this for you. This is because the Government wants to make it clear that this is a loan that requires repayment once your income is over $50,000pa.
It’s a way to help apprentices keep their cars on the road, help with living expenses, and keep their tools up to date. Each 6 months apprentices will be asked if they want to continue receiving the loan payments, this is what they mean when they say ‘opt in’.
For full details, call you apprentice broker, if you don’t know who that is, call us and we can help find out who it was. Attached is a flyer with more details.