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Apprenticeship Queensland ‘Building Futures’ partnership

TAFE Queensland has partnered with Apprenticeships Queensland, a Group Training Organisation (GTO), to deliver the Building Futures program in Ipswich, Queensland, providing students with the opportunity to gain foundational skills during Years 10, 11 and 12 for a construction career.

Participants put on their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), strap on a tool belt, and learn hands-on trade skills on a live construction site.

They'll complete a Certificate I in Construction (CPC10120) while guided by Apprenticeships Queensland’s qualified supervisors and TAFE Queensland’s industry experienced educators, as they renovate a Queenslander in Ipswich, Queensland.

Gaining a Certificate I in Construction (CPC10120) could lead to a school-based apprenticeship opportunity, where students will get paid to work on a Building Futures renovation project one day per week. These roles are often filled by graduates from the Certificate I in Construction (CPC10120) program the year prior.

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How it works

Gain the knowledge and skills to open the door to a trade career, while renovating a period home in desperate need of repair.

Project attendance involves one day on site per week from 7.30am to 2.30pm (excluding school holidays), commencing February through to October. The program runs from Monday to Thursday and participants can request their preferred day (subject to availability) based on their current study schedule, approval from their school and student numbers.

Under the mentorship of Apprenticeships Queensland’s trade qualified site supervisors and experienced TAFE Queensland trainers, participants gain valuable, hands-on industry experience in construction, carpentry, and painting and decorating.

Participating in the program will helps build complementary work skills, encouraging students to be solution-orientated, resourceful and proactive.

Construction trades such as carpentry, painting, plumbing, tiling, cabinetmaking and plastering are all included on the 2023 Australian Apprenticeships Priority List and are occupations identified by the National Skills Commission as being in shortage. 

With more than 140 years of experience in delivering vocational education and training, TAFE Queensland is the state's largest and most trusted training provider. We offer practical, industry-relevant training to more than 125,000 students annually.

Hear from the participants

Find out what it's like to work on a construction site from participants who have completed the Building Futures' Gibbon St and William St projects. Hear about what's involved and the types of opportunities that it can lead to.