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)

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The Australian Government has announced the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy to support employers and Group Training Organisations to take on new apprentices and trainees.
Is my business eligible?

Your business or Group Training Organisation may be eligible if:
• you engage an Australian Apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021, and
• your Australian Apprentice or trainee is undertaking a Certificate II or higher qualification, and has a training
contract that is formally approved by the state training authority.

How much is the subsidy?
• Eligible employers and Group Training Organisations will receive a wage subsidy of up to 50 per cent of the Australian Apprentice’s gross wage paid.
• The wage subsidy is available for a maximum of $7,000 per quarter per eligible Australian Apprentice.
• The subsidy is available for wages paid from 5 October 2020 to 30 September 2021.

Anything else I should know?
• The subsidy is available to employers of any size, industry or geographic location.
• The subsidy is capped at 100,000 places.
• The subsidy is not available for any apprentice receiving any other form of Australian Government wage
subsidy e.g. Supporting Apprentices and Trainees or JobKeeper.
• Payments will be made quarterly in arrears, with first claims for the subsidy available from 1 January 2021.
• Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2021.

How can I apply or find out more?
For further information on how to apply for the subsidy, including information on eligibility, contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider. (link