Training Bricklayers, Tilers, Stonemasons & Plasterers Since 2001

Flexible Construction Training & Assessment

FCTA offers flexible timing and training

Based at Holden Hill, South Australia

FCTA Building Careers is registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) RTO Code 40057 and for training with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Apprentice qualifications are supported through WorkReady by the Government of South Australia.

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

How to employ an apprentice

Apprentice pay rates

Apprenticeship Incentives

Get a contractors license

Available Courses

Certificate II in Construction

Certificate III Qualifications

Short Courses

Contactors Course

Further Information

Employing a South Australian Apprentice

The current incentives are:

$1500 commencement incentive from the Federal Govt at 6 month milestone

$2500 CITB incentive at 12 month milestone

$2500 CITB incentive at 24 month milestone

$2500 CITB incentive at 36 month milestone

$2500 CITB incentive at 48 month milestone

$2500 completion payment from the Federal Govt at the completion of contract

PLUS: Exemption from the Return To Work (WorkCover) levy

Adult Apprentice Subsidy (Over 25) $4000

On top of this the Australia Brick & Block Training Foundation (ABBTF) also offers these extra incentives for BRICKLAYING apprentices

$3,000 Brickstart Subsidy – specifically for employers of bricklaying apprentices paid as $1000 over 3 years.

Helpful Links:   Australian Apprenticeships website.

View South Australian GTO Locations

State office of ABBTF

Australian Apprenticeships


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 South Australian Governments WorkReady programme also have information on their website click here to view their information. The information below is correct as of 28/09/2015. Click to read more

Building & Construction Award

Apprentices and trainees are employees who have a formal training contract with their employer. Special rates and conditions apply to these employees. The full award can be viewed at:

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a pay calculator to let employers and apprentices check pay rates. Visit to start the process. Apprentices come under the Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010 (MA000020)

News & Announcements

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An update about apprentice wage support. Employers will be able to lodge claims from early April:

Commonwealth Assistance

Eligible employers, including Group Training Organisations, can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage for 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Registration opens from early April.

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Flexibility and local support

If you are winding down your business or considering temporarily closing, there are ways to keep your apprentice or trainee engaged with their learning.

In some circumstances, this will mean you can access these valuable skills when the time is right or help support an apprentice to continue their career.

Options to consider:

Off-job training: This could mean online training and your apprentice should speak to their training provider. As an employer, you will need to continue to pay wages for time your apprentice spends in attendance at training.

Flexible rostering: So that the contracted hours can continue to be met, subject to award conditions.

Suspend the training contract: You can now put on hold the training contract for an apprentice or trainee with suspensions up to and including Friday 1 January 2021, providing time for your business to be ready again to resume.Discuss with your apprentice possible leave arrangements

Support industry transition: Your apprentice or trainee may benefit from experience within another business that is in a position to offer them on-the-job experience, until you are able to provide this again. In this case, you would continue to pay wages and entitlements.

If you have any questions regarding your apprentices or trainees, please contact the Department for Innovation and Skills Information Service on 1800 673 097.
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FCTA - Building Careers
Information for employers about apprentice wage subsidy:

Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage for 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer. The wage subsidy will be claimable for wages paid since 1 January 2020. The apprentice or trainee must have been in-training with a small business as at 1 March 2020.

Employers can register for the subsidy from 2 April 2020. Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2020.

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