Christmas Closing Times & January 2017 Course Dates


FCTA – Building Careers will be closed from 12pm Friday 23rd December 2016, and will reopen Monday 9th January 2017. If you have any queries during this period, please email info@fcta.com.au or call 83675615 to leave a message.

Apprentices are welcome to attend from 8am 9th January.

Our popular pre-apprenticeship Certificate II in Construction course will commence on Tuesday 24th January. Interviews for this course can be arranged from January 9th.

A new short course, Introduction to Plastering will be running from Monday 30th January – Friday 3rd February 2017. This course is CITB sponsored for members, and covers the basic of working with and repairing plasterboard and cornice. To book into this course, visit our book & pay page or click this link

Builders and Sub-Contractors Licenses – What The Government Is Doing To Promote Licensing


Having a trade sub contractors license gives tradies and customers protection if things go wrong. The SA Government has recently started promoting ways consumers can verify that their tradies are licensed, and has set up a website to ‘dob in a tradie’

CBS 'dob in a tradie' website

So what do you need to get licensed? You can download the specifics and read the SA Governments requirements by clicking on this link Licensing Guidelines

Tradies will need to complete two business units prior to applying, one that covers off legal issues, the other on small business finance. We offer a course that meets the State Governments requirements, click here to see dates and make a booking.

Along with these units you also need to provide evidence of industry experience, such as apprenticeship papers, letters from employers if an apprenticeship wasn’t completed, short courses or testimonials. Sometimes applicants will be called in to attend a technical interview. If this is the case we can offer some extra support and guidance.

If you are still unsure tradesa.com.au offer a service to advise tradies of licensing requirements, submit all documents and take the confusion away.

How Much Do I Have To Pay An Apprentice I Hire Today?


Are you thinking of hiring an apprentice? The question I get asked most often by potential employers is ‘How much do I have to pay?”. The easy answer for me is to say, “Call FairWork or go onto their website”. But thats not very helpful! So I have just gone through the Fair Work Ombudsman Pay Rate Calculator so you don’t have to! A word of warning, this is a guide only. If you have apprentices hired before today 01/07/16, the rates may be different. If your apprentice works underground, or has irregular work hours, the rate may be different. For now, you can download the rates by clicking this link for Junior Apprentice Rates BRICKLAYERS ONLY or this link for TILERS & PLASTERERS Junior Apprentice Rates excluding Brick,

In summary:

Version 2BRICKLAYERS ONLY
1st year apprentice without yr 12 = $11.74/hr or $446.09/wk
1st year apprentice with yr 12 = $12.78/hr or $485.65/wk

2nd year apprentice without yr 12 = $13.82/hr or $525.19/wk
2nd year apprentice with yr 12 = $14.86/hr or $564.75/wk

3rd year apprentice with or without yr 12 = $16.94/hr or $643.85/wk

4th year apprentice with or without yr 12 = $20.07/hr or $762.49/wk

fcta_00-26TILERS & PLASTERERS:
1st year apprentice without yr 12 = $11.17/hr or $424.48/wk
1st year apprentice with yr 12 = $12.21/hr or $464.04/wk

2nd year apprentice without yr 12 = $13.25/hr or $503.58/wk
2nd year apprentice with yr 12 = $14.29/hr or $543.14/wk

3rd year apprentice with or without yr 12 = $16.37/hr or $622.24/wk

4th year apprentice with or without yr 12 = $19.50/hr or $740.88/wk

Employers are ultimately responsible for paying their apprentices correctly. To make sure you are, visit https://www.fairwork.gov.au/ or call 13 13 94 and press option 3 for small businesses.

 

Wall & Ceiling Lining Industry and Apprentice Resources


image (1)CSR’s ‘Red Book’ is the most well known guide in the industry. It is now available as partof CSR’s Gyprock App. Just search for ‘gyprock’ in the app store.

Another resource is the Australian Wall & Ceiling Lining Industries presentation on fire rated installation. This unit of study looks like becoming a core part of apprentice training in the next couple of years, but for now is only an elective. Considering the trend towards ‘infilling’ suburban areas with townhouse developments, this unit covers crucial safety information.