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Aug 04

Queensland invests $200M into Building Acceleration Fund

The Queensland Government has unveiled a $200 million catalytic infrastructure initiative, the Building Acceleration Fund, to help recover economically and create jobs. The Building Acceleration Fund will work in partnership with councils, property developers and industry to accelerate projects that unlock development, increasing construction activity and supporting long-term jobs. Treasurer... read more →
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Queensland's construciton industry on high alert

Keep Calm and Carry On!

Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. All of this is taking its toll on people's mental health, work schedules, finances and personal connections. Being at home sounds like a great way to set your own schedule, do whatever you... read more →
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NEW Bunnings PowerPass for Apprentices

Foundation Training Australia is proud to present the Bunnings PowerPass card to our Apprentices If you’re not excited yet, you’re about to be! The Bunnings PowerPass card has in previous years only been offered to Bunnings Trade Account holders aka. you’re Boss. While we’re sure you’ve seen them flash their... read more →
Nov 05

“Free apprenticeships for under 21s” reports the Queensland Government

Have you heard the latest radio announcements? TV ads and articles about Apprenticeships for under 21s? The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training’s latest campaigns are spruking “Free apprenticeships for under 21s.”1* The Palaszczuk Government is backing business and giving young Queenslanders access to gain a Nationally Recognised Qualification... read more →
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The 45-hour house build

Robots 3D Printing Houses and what it means for the construction industry Robots 3D Printing Houses , have you ever heard of such a thing? It would seem that 3D printing is making the impossible, possible. While this might feel like a concept of the future, in reality the future... read more →
Oct 11

North West Queensland Civil Work Soars

A 151% increase in general construction activity has been reported in parts of North West Queensland. As demand for skilled civil construction workers, plant operators and concreters increases, now is the time to get qualified. “North West Queensland is projected to deliver an estimated $575M in construction activity over the... read more →
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Trade Apprenticeships Queensland

An Australian History of the Tradie The Tradie is quintessentially Australian. Starting their day at the crack of dawn, these true-blue Aussies are as hardworking as they come. The modern Tradie makes up almost a third of our workforce, from Brickies to Chippies and trusty Sparkies, these guys are well-educated... read more →
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Student Q&A: Nicholas

We sat down with Nicholas, a  RII40715 Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision student. Here’s what he had to say! You guys are legends. Heather, Grant and everyone I’ve spoken to are so helpful. You guys have a can-do attitude - whatever the hurdles, there’s always a way around it. Just hearing... read more →
May 17
Testimonials

Student Q&A: Ashleigh Morrison

We sat down with Ashleigh, a graduate of our BSB30215 Certificate III in Customer Engagement course. Here’s what she had to say! A bit of background. Ashleigh’s company is being bought out by a larger, interstate company later this year. She wanted to better her chances of a promotion and to prove... read more →
May 06
Foundation Training Australia

Our Story

Foundation Training Australia No business is a business without the people that run it, own it and keep it evolving. So, let us start at the beginning. Heather Gardner, CEO of Foundation Training Australia, is an inspiring business woman having forged a very successfully career in business, construction, property and... read more →
Apr 24

How to grow your business

3 hard and fast rules for builders, tradies and construction businesses Figuring out what direction you want your business to take can be a tough one. It’s often a case of too many options and not enough clarity. Whether you’re an Apprentice thinking about your next move or a Tradie... read more →
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Hands on learning

Ways to study

Trade school, vocational education, higher education - whichever term is most relevant to you – all offer different ways to study. Unlike university, there is no one way suits all and, THAT is what we love about vocational training. So, how do you like to learn? Here is just a... read more →
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Stop trading time for money

Money Mindset

Why you need to be thinking differently about your job For the business savvy, the serial entrepreneurs; and everyone who works the 9 to 5 - it’s time to stop viewing work as trading time for money. Long gone are the days where work is just a job and a... read more →
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Starting an apprenticeship to get qualified

Confidence is King

Meet Nicholas! A Tiling apprentice who successfully completed the AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction this year with Foundation Training Australia. How often have you come across Employers that say, it’s great that your keen but you need experience or, your experience helps but you really need to get the... read more →
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Lady Tradie - landscape construction graduate

Lady tradie killing it

Meet Kelsie Holland. She successfully completed the Certificate III in Landscape Construction (AHC30916) with FTA this year. Kelsie came to us with a goal to learn new skills and get a qualification under her belt.  She knew that the construction industry was where she wanted to be and getting her... read more →
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How to succeed in business

How to succeed in business

The 4 step process every successful Business Owner has used The one thing every business owner has in common is the number of hours in a day. We often hear someone declare, somewhat despairingly; “If only I had more time!” The term ‘time management’ is frequently thrown around, yet the... read more →
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FashionAble 2018, a celebration of people

Foundation Training Australia supports Australian charity event, FashionAble On Saturday 27th October 2018, Muticap’s annual event FashionAble kicked off with flare.  A fashion parade with a difference, FashionAble gives people with disability a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Models paraded the runway wearing some of Australia’s leading designers, newest ready... read more →
Oct 17
Oct 17
How to create high performing teams

The secret to high performing teams

Are you ripe and rotting or green and growing? They say actions speak louder than words.  So why is it that some businesses say they value their employees? They publish it on their website (because it looks and sounds great!), they wish to build loyalty, commitment and have the employees... read more →
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Staying safe at work

A call for safer workplaces

Stay safe at work, take part in National Safe Work Month this October Everyone wants to get up, go to work and come home safely, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case.  While Australia is regarded as one of the safest places to work, last year alone saw 190 work-related fatalities,... read more →
Sep 19
Business growth is meant to be unconfortable

Business growth is meant to be unconfortable

If You're Not Groaning You're Not Growing! I recently attended Women in Focus conference at Byron Bay, NSW.  To say the conference was a resounding success would be an understatement.  The content and calibre of the attendees were astounding. What wasn’t surprising was the common thread of experiences.  Similar risk... read more →
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Why construction training matters

Why construction training matters

If you were given the choice between two different plant operators—one was qualified, the other not—which one would you choose? But, what if there was no “up-front” cost for the untrained construction operator? You still wouldn’t do it? Yet, many business owners do not recognise the importance of employee training. Most... read more →
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