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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For employers looking to register for the Governments new Jobkeeper fund, this is the link:

Some more information:
JobKeeper Payment
The Government has announced a $130 billion JobKeeper payment to help keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the significant economic impact caused by the Coronavirus.
Around 6 million workers will receive a fortnightly payment of $1,500 (before tax) through their employer.

Information for employers
If your business has been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus you will be able to access a wages subsidy to continue paying your employees. Under the JobKeeper program, you will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum of six months. This assistance will help you keep staff and will help you restart when the crisis is over. Click here for the Fact Sheet.

Information for employees
The JobKeeper payment helps businesses significantly impacted by the Coronavirus cover the costs of their employees’ wages, so more Australians can retain their jobs and continue to earn an income. Your employer will notify you if they intend to claim the fortnightly payment of $1,500 on your behalf. Click here for the Fact Sheet.

Income Testing
Australians applying for Centrelink can now get support if their partner earns up to $79,762, Scott Morrison announced on Monday. The PM said the government has boosted the threshold from about $48,000, which would allow more Australians to receive support during the coronavirus pandemic. The change means an applicant's rate of welfare won't be affected unless their partner earns more than $79,762 a year.

Suspension of Mutual Obligations
The Government will continue the suspension of mutual obligation until 27 April 2020 to support job seekers through this difficult period.


What’s Next
What’s Next? Helps you decide what to do if you have been retrenched or are looking for a new career. There is help for finding a job, getting some training and looking after yourself.

Job Outlook
Job Outlook makes it easy to find and understand career information. Use the career profiles on Job Outlook to learn about the future outlook, pay, main tasks, and physical and other demands of careers that interest you. Find out about the skills, knowledge and abilities you may need to get and keep a job. When you are ready to take action, follow links to job vacancies and related courses. Career Quiz and Skills Match tools also available.

Skills Checkpoint
Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers is an Australian Government-funded initiative to enable older Australian workers and recently unemployed older Australians to remain in or re-enter the workforce. It provides personalised advice and guidance on upskilling for a current job, transitioning into new roles within a current industry or pathways to new careers.
Eligible participants may also be eligible to access $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund re-skilling or up-skilling opportunities Either the participant or their current employer must provide a co-contribution to match the government contribution.