New Pre-Apprenticeship Course Starting October 2016


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Pre-apprenticeship students are sought out by employers for apprenticeships. The pre-apprenticeship course covers the basics in bricklaying, tiling, plastering, concreting and scaffolding. If you’re looking for an apprenticeship, this is a great way to get to know more about the industry and try a range of trades. Students work side by side with existing apprentices and can find out what tradie life is like. Government funding is available for some students and payment plans are available for full fee paying students. Contact us on 8367 5615 or email admin@fcta.com.au

Apprenticeships: disarray around alternative to uni degrees


The Australian,  Higher Education reporter

Missed opportunities, ill-conceived market reforms and ham-fisted program cuts have undermined apprenticeships just as they are held up as the answer to an overemphasis on degrees.

Two new reports say “ad-hoc changes” and the sidelining of intellectual input have damaged apprenticeship take-up and completion. The reports, by the Apprenticeships Reform Advisory Group and the University of Sydney, say the elements of an effective apprenticeship system are in place but being weakened by “negative” reforms and a lack of policy coherence.

The reports have emerged after the Group of Eight universities claimed that the uncapped higher education system was creating a generation of over-qualified graduates with crippling student debt, in a society where degrees were the norm and not having one was considered failure.

The Go8 criticisms sparked outcry and charges of elitism. But they have been backed by the Business Council of Australia and TAFE Queensland, which say many would-be university students would be better off choosing technical training.

The ARAG report offers 22 recommendations to reboot apprenticeships. They include a comprehensive review, consideration of tax modifications to encourage hiring of apprentices, and an apprenticeships hub.

Group member Jenny Lambert said some of these proposals had been overtaken by events since the report was delivered in December last year. She said the government had abandoned plans for white papers on taxation and federal-state relations, minimising opportunities for tax reform, while the argument for a comprehensive review had now evaporated.

Ms Lambert, director of training with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the government had created policy confusion and “an unduly negative view of trade apprenticeships” by extending the term to cover traineeships — typically, shorter training stints in service occupations.

“We need to go back to the idea that there are apprenticeships and there are traineeships,” she said. “We need to understand the factors that affect both of them. If we don’t understand it, we can’t fix it.”

The HES asked new Assistant Skills Minister Karen Andrews why the government had taken eight months to release the report. She said she had released it “as a priority”.

Meanwhile, the Sydney University report says the sidelining of an industry and union voice, along with defunding of group training organisations and increased funding for “low-quality” colleges, have undermined the “vision” of apprenticeships

Apprentice to Tradie – What Can Happen When You Go Out On Your Own


I had a phone call over the weekend from a former apprentice. He’d gone out on his own and hit a problem, the builder he was sub-contracting to was refusing to pay him. They had agreed to a price for the work, but hadn’t written anything down. Now the job was finished the builder asked the tradie to supply him with his contractors license. The tradie didn’t have one. He’d completed the 2 units in small business finance and legal, but hadn’t actually applied for his license from Consumer Business Services. The builder also expected him to have waterproofing on his license, and to have insurance.

The amount owed was less than $2000. The builder hadn’t requested any of this information prior to work starting, and wasn’t disputing the quality of the work. I recommended the tradie talk to Sam at TradeSA.com.au. A few days later i received a text message letting me know everything had worked out.

The key point here is to make sure you have your contractors license and insurance before going out on your own, and ALWAYS have agreements in writing.

Our next trade sub-contractors course is scheduled for 06 – 07 August 2016 & 20 – 21 August 2016. You can book and pay for the course by clicking here

Builders Licensing – New Dates Announced


Our trade sub-contractors course is scheduled to run on the following dates:

06 – 07 August 2016 Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects (CPCCBC4009B)

20 – 21 August 2016 Manage small business finances (BSBSMB406)

1 – 2 October 2016 Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects (CPCCBC4009B)

15 – 16 October 2016 Manage small business finances (BSBSMB406)

Cost is $450 with CITB discount, or $950 without. Email admin@fcta.com.au to book a place, or call us on 8367 5615. The course runs from 9am – 4pm and is held at 15 Jacobsen Crs, Holden Hill SA. Download our Trade Contractors License Flyer

Once successfully completed, applications for a BLD# can be made online:

Go to Electronic Licence Application Forms, click on application type and be guided through a series of questions.
Once you have completed the electronic application process, print the final document. Review the information and sign in the required areas. You can scan and submit and pay for your application online, or you can print and post your application and payment to us.

The application form, fees, and the required documentation must be sent to Consumer & Business Services for assessment (either by mail or by submitting electronically). If you live in a remote/regional area, you may lodge these documents and payment at a Service SA office or you can post them to Licensing GPO Box 1719 Adelaide 5001, or lodge them in person at their office in Adelaide.

If you fail to provide all the required documentation, or fees, they may not be able to accept your application and it will be returned to you for completion. Your application form does have an expiry date. If you fail to lodge the application before the expiry date, you will have to complete a fresh application.

Current fees as of 22/06/2016 are as follows:

Application and Pre-grant fees Application fee Pre-Grant fee Total
Body Corporate – General building work licence $194.00 $913.00 $1107.00*
Body Corporate – specified building work licence $194.00 $470.00 $664.00*
*Plus an application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00
Individual – General building work licence and a general building work supervisors registration $388.00 $415.00 $803.00
Individual – Specified building work licence and a general building work supervisors registration $388.00 $213.00 $601.00
Application for approval of additional building work supervisor $115.00
Individual – General building work licence $194.00 $415.00 $609.00*
*Plus an application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00
Individual – Specified building work licence $194.00 $213.00 $407.00*
*Plus an application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00
Application for a building work supervisor registration $194.00 $213.00 $407.00
Amending licence/registration conditions
Application to vary a licence $150.00 $150.00
Application to vary a registration $150.00 $150.00

 

Periodic fees Total
Body Corporate Licence – general building work $913.00
Body Corporate Licence- specified building work $470.00
Individual Licence – general building work $415.00
Individual Licence – Specified building work $213.00
Building Work Supervisor Registration $185.00

 

Other fees Total
Default penalty for periodic returns $165.00
Replacement of licence card or certificate $25.50
Application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00

Assistance applying for license:

Another option open to tradespeople is to work with Sam Cottell at Trades SA. Sam will be able to review your applications, fill in paperwork and lodge forms on your behalf. Contact Sam on 0430206032 for more information, or visit his website http://tradesa.com.au/

July 2016 Pre-Apprenticeship Course – Register Your Interest


 

Our popular pre-apprenticeship course is starting again in July. Register your interest by calling us on 0883675615 or email admin@fcta.com.au. This course offers successful students the Certificate II in Construction qualification, and a headstart in gaining an apprenticeship. Many employers seek out students from this course for apprenticeships.

The course will be delivered at 15 Jacobsen Crs Holden Hill in South Australia. The estimated start date should be in July 2016. The course will run Tuesday – Friday for 10 weeks. Students will complete tasks in bricklaying, tiling, plastering, concreting and scaffolding.

This course and students may be eligible for government funding under WorkReady. Eligibility is restricted to students over 17, who have not previously completed any qualifications higher than a Certificate I. School students over 16 may be eligible under either FLO funding or TGSS. Speak to your school VET co-ordinator for more information.
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July 2016 – June 2017 Short Course Dates To Be Confirmed


FCTA – Building Careers will be launching the new financial years short course dates in July. Currently we are waiting to have CITB funding confirmed. The CITB provide discounted training to eligible tradies living and working in South Australia. If you do not yet have a CITB card, visit their website to apply http://www.citb.org.au/FundingSupport/AmIeligible.aspx

If you would like us to contact you when the new dates are released, email admin@fcta.com.au and we will be in contact next month.

Future dates for our pre-apprentice Certificate II in Construction course will also be announced shortly. At this stage we expect the next course will run from July 5th 2016 for 10 weeks.

 

This package deal could set a tradie up for life. Skills recognition and licensing without the hassle!


Do you have more than 4 years experience working as a bricklayer, tiler, stonemason or plasterer? You now have the opportunity to have your skills formally recognised and gain a contractors license. All licensing costs can be included depending on the package selected.1

The SA Government requires tradespeople to complete 2 business units before applying for a license. FCTA – Building Careers has teamed up with SA Trade Licensing for a limited offer.

Packages start at just $2500 and include the cost to recognise trade experience formally with a Certificate III. This is the same certificate apprentices study. There may be some gaps in your knowledge, and thats not a problem as all gap training costs are also included. This would cost over $4000 normally!

The package includes the cost of the 2 business units and a preparatory technical interview with SA Trades Licensing. Successful students will be able to legally run their own businesses and advertise for work. There will be a focus on educating people in the relevant Australian Standards and National Construction Code (formally called the BCA).

If you’ve been working in the industry for 4 years or more, chances are you already have a CITB membership. If not visit citb.org.au to apply. The cost of this package is $3000 for people without a CITB membership. 2

We have packages that also include filling in all application details, lodgement of forms and police checks from $3950 – this includes all government charges, no more to pay. If you are looking at investing in your long term success and establishing your own company, for $4950 we can take the work out of the paperwork! For more information, download our FLYER

Interested? Email admin@fcta.com.au or call us on 8367 5615 to discuss.

 

 

Pre-Apprenticeship Course – Commences 1st February 2016


Looking for an apprenticeship? Many employers seek out apprentices who have completed a Pre-apprenticeship course. The Certificate II in Construction (CPC20112) offers an introduction to bricklaying, tiling, plastering, concreting and scaffold. It gets students work ready, and gives them an advantage over other people applying for apprenticeships. The course runs for 10 weeks, Monday – Friday 8am – 3:30pm at 15 Jacobsen Crs Holden Hill. Call us to arrange an interview on 83675615 or email admin@fcta.com.au.

FCTA – Building Careers has strong ties to the industry, with many employers contacting us directly for recommendations. The course sets out to develop hands on skills in the trade, as well an instilling the importance of punctuality, following directions, and a good work ethic.

The building industry is Australia’s third largest industry, behind only mining and finance, and produces around 8% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), in value added terms. It comprises over 330,000 businesses nationwide and directly employs over one million people (around 9% of the total workforce). It produces the buildings and infrastructure that are essential to the operation of all other industries, adds to the wealth and capital stock of the nation and underpins the productivity improvements that are necessary to support our future prosperity and incomes.

The course is funded by WorkReady for eligible applicants, visit http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/training-learning/check-your-eligibility for more information. This is a STL course, that is also funded under the TGSS scheme. For ineligible applicants a payment plan can be arranged.