What trades are there?

Here is just a small sample:

  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Electrician
  • Concreter
  • Painter and Decorator

Trades people work in a range of building and construction areas to build, repair and maintain machinery, houses, and commercial buildings.

Where can I get trained?

Federation Training offer a number of local training opportunities::

Other courses can be found through the Victorian Skills Gateway:

At school by...

Doing year nine Work experience with an employer in building and /construction.

Enrolling in

VET in Schools – complete a Certificate II qualification while attending school

School Based Apprenticeships/Traineeships (SBAT) – start your qualification and get paid to work while you finish secondary school.

At TAFE or other registered training organisations – trades courses are not usually offered as classroom based learning.

On the job

Look for a school-based apprenticeship or for a full-time apprenticeship with an individual employer or a local apprenticeship provider – they’re listed on Australian Apprenticeships

Look for:

  • Certificate III in Carpentry or Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery
  • Certificate III in Plumbing or Certificate III in Roof Plumbing
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
  • Certificate III in Concreting
  • Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
Where can I get experience?

At school

Ask your Careers teacher and your VET or VCAL coordinator. Work experience is a great way to see what happens in the building and construction industry. It can start a pathway to your career in civil construction. From here you can undertake a structured work placement or even start a school-based apprenticeship/traineeship. You can also ask a local business for a voluntary work opportunity.

Work trials

Contact your local jobactive provider to see what you are eligible for:


Keep an eye on the Gippsland Volunteering website for other volunteering opportunities. Volunteering is a great way to get experience. Keep an eye on the Gippsland Volunteering website for other volunteering opportunities.

What do I need to be good at?
  • Working in a team
  • Working with your hands
  • Following directions
  • Work related literacy and numeracy
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work safely with
How much do I get paid?

Trade wages vary. Apprenticeship wages do start at minimum wage but have other benefits like discounts for car registration and loans for tools.

Wages range from $50,000 - $60,000 per year and can increase depending on worksites and locations.

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What can this job lead to?

Qualified construction tradesmen, including plumbers, electricians, concreters, and carpenters may go on to become business owners and operators. With further training qualified tradesmen can become specialists in:

  • Site management (All trades)
  • Project management (All trades)
  • Green and reduced carbon emission technology (Electricians and plumbers)
  • Education and training (All trades)
  • Entertainment systems installations (Electricians)
  • Pre-cast and formwork (Concreters and Carpenters)