Minimum wages in the construction industry modern awards are increasing by 2.5% starting from the first full pay period on or after July 1 2021. These awards include Building and Construction General On-site Award 2020’ Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2020 Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2020 Joinery and... read more →
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There are a great many tradie tax deductions you may be entitled to claim on your tax return. Unfortunately, a good number of tradies miss out on hundreds of them every year. This leaves their hard-earned cash in the pockets of the ATO and that’s plain crazy! If you work in construction, building, horticulture, civil... read more →
The safety of your employees at work is at the forefront of all organizations minds. With Queensland being the first state to introduce the industrial manslaughter law to the resources industry in 2020, it is clear the Queensland government stands firmly on the strict consequences of poor management when it... read more →
As we are Bee obsessed we thought we would share some fun facts about these cute little black and yellow creatures. Did you know, All worker bees are female.A bee produces a teaspoon of honey (about 5 grams) in her lifetime.To produce a kilogram of honey, bees fly the equivalent of three... read more →
A new Women in Beekeeping entrepreneurship programme has been launched by UNESCO and Guerlain. Focusing on local and native bees, their welfare and maintenance, as well as education on bees. The program aims to enable women’s empowerment through an expertise-driven, sustainable professional activity. It also aims to contribute to raising... read more →
The investment in infrastructure budget breakdown, here are the facts! A record investment in infrastructure has been introduced as part of the 2021-22 Budget, with a goal to support and secure jobs, drive growth and help rebuild Australia’s economy from the COVID-19 pandemic. This $110 billion, 10-year infrastructure pipeline forms... read more →
The Australian Government is providing support to all eligible employers who engage a new Australian Apprentice. The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy supports any business or Group Training Organisation that engages an Australian Apprentice between the 5th of October 2020 and 31st March 2022 may be eligible for a subsidy... read more →
Sustainability is at the forefront of everyone’s mind these days, as we become increasingly aware of the way we live and how we do things can have an influence and impact on the world we live in. ‘Sustainable infrastructure refers to the network and system, equipment and assets designed to... read more →
Each year training organisations across Queensland have the opportunity to be recognised at the Queensland Training Awards and Foundation Training Australia is proud to have been nominated once more, now for 2021. Our students and clients are the focus of what we do so to be nominated for an award... read more →
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 →
$2 billion will be invested by the government to give hundreds of thousands of Australians access to new skills by retraining and upskilling them into sectors with job opportunities, as the economy recovers from COVID-19. The JobTrainer skills package will also guarantee support for thousands of apprentices in jobs across... read more →
The government has announced $2 billion – to be augmented by another $500 million from the states – for a skills package to boost training and job creation. A $1 billion JobTrainer program will provide training or re-skilling for up to 340,700 school leavers and job seekers. Places for courses... read more →
Who is the first person construction team members go to when they have a problem? Right. The Project Manager. But handling the team’s questions and concerns is only a small part of a construction Project Manager’s duties. Broadly speaking, a PM takes the construction project from A to Z. You... read more →
The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) has called for civil construction skills to be listed as essential on the Federal Government’s National Skills Needs List to help the sector attract new workers and upskill the existing workforce. CCF National Chief Executive Officer Chris Melham said by updating the list with the... read more →
Peak construction groups from across Australia are calling for renewed stimulus packages to prop up the hard hit property sector which has contracted sharply in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) has proposed a $66 billion action plan which it says will galvanise building... read more →
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 →
Our working environment is changing, from 30 years ago - even 10 years ago - to now. How we operate in business is barely recognisable. Technology is changing how we do things. Innovation is creating never before seen jobs. The entrepreneur movement has radically shifted the opportunities available to each... read more →
Call it bullshit, call it woo-woo, call it whatever you like…. But here are 3 things you can do every day guaranteed to improve your life! Smile, laugh, and get that belly moving! Whether it’s telling another one of your cracking hilarious jokes or laughing at your mate who’s just... read more →
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 →
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 →
Australian mining needs 21,000 workers by 2024 With a $41billion project pipeline expected to play out in the next 4 years, forecasted demand for onsite skilled workers by 2024 sits at 20,767 new workers.1 These projections were released in September by the Australian Resources and Energy Group, AMMA. See below... read more →
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 →
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 →
$41.3 Billion project pipeline. 5 years. Supporting 11,900 workers on average each year. Statistics from the 2019 Queensland Major Projects Pipeline report. The Queensland Major Project Pipeline report has been released by BIS Oxford Economics, Queensland Major Contractors Association and Infrastructure Association of Queensland. The report is a definitive guide... read more →
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 →
The Gold Coast’s construction scene is looking pretty healthy with an estimated $5.5 billion in construction activity projected over the next 12 months. 200 construction projects have already been confirmed for delivery over the next 2-3 years and gives Tradies strong positivity for continued demand providing for the industry. ... read more →
Choose your trade What do you love doing? What interests you? Those two questions are the best place to start! An apprenticeship is the beginning of your career in your chosen Trade – like anything it’s important that you enjoy what you do. The following website is also a great... read more →
The basics Set your font size to 10 – 12 points Always start from the most recent job and work your way back Choose a simple font something like Arial or Helvetica Read the job advert and then read it again. Include your name in the file name (i.e. John... read more →
The Federal Government has announced a commitment of over $525 million in a bid to boost Apprentices in skills shortage occupations and ensure Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector delivers real and future-focussed results. These results are critical to the economy. This investment in vocational training comes with a... read more →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
There's nothing worse than spending your days in a job that bores you to tears, and when you are a person who finds the repetitive unbearable, you’re going to need a career that will keep things interesting, right? Here are five careers that could keep you on your toes… Travel... read more →
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 →
A big part of choosing which career to pursue is understanding your interests, skills, and passions. In this post, we decipher what makes an analytical thinker and identify four of the best jobs for the detailed thinkers among us. Before deciding on the best analytical career that plays to your... read more →
How studying can help when job searching There's no denying that many workers face an unrelenting and competitive job market, with younger workers moving quickly along the job ladder. Almost 10 million Australian’s aged 20-64 gained qualifications outside of school in May 2018[i]. Continuous, lifelong learning isn’t just a catchphrase,... read more →
What is grit? Grit means having a long-term goal and being committed to reaching that goal, even when there are road blocks. It also means not giving up in the face of failure, and bouncing back when things don’t go as planned. Grit is a combination of passion and perseverance... read more →
What to do when you’re told “No sorry – you’ve got no experience.” WooHoo! You’ve finished school or just completed studying, it’s been a long haul, 12 years of school plus maybe a bit of a stint at Uni (lots of parties and some HEC’s debt). OR, you actually completed... read more →
Foundation Training Australia (FTA) is delighted to be partnering with Study Loans. FTA are passionate about enhancing lives through education and in an effort to give Australian’s every opportunity to upskill, re-train or broaden their career prospects this partnership is pivotal to that support. Investment in education and lifelong learning... read more →
Trade skills in demand Recruitment company, Hays, has released their Hotspots of skills in demand: Jan – June 2019 report and there’s smiles all round in the building and construction industry. As mentioned in our last blog, Infrastructure development has boosted the job market across the Nation and South-East QLD... read more →
The Queensland Government has entrusted $495,000 to four Australian organisations in an effort to boost the number of Apprentices across the state. Traineeship and Apprenticeship programs provide a foot in the door for longstanding careers in the industry and they are critical for growing a skilled workforce into the future.... read more →
Australia’s booming civil infrastructure sector is expected to create plenty of building and construction jobs in the first half of 2019, according to Hays Recruitment company. The Federal Government has promised $75 billion for transport infrastructure, as one of the major drivers behind the industries demand. Notwithstanding, the nation’s growing... read more →
Could cracks in Sydney’s Opal Tower be a forewarning of times to come? Less than 6 months after residents of the Opal Tower moved in, the building started showing cracks on the 10th floor. Engineers have since ruled out issues with the prefabricated concrete panels and now fingers are pointing... read more →
No matter how you are 'done' with high school - be it choosing to leave early or having just completed year 12 - learning a Trade and getting into building and construction could be one of the best decisions you ever make. Unlike many careers, you can learn a Trade... read more →
The FAQS on the Construction Industry Apprenticeships Here is Part II of the Hiring an Apprentice series. If you haven’t yet read Part I: Employing an Apprentice head over and check it out! Otherwise read on… Australian apprenticeships are offered in all manner of industries however, we’ve taken a... read more →
The FAQS on Building and Construction Apprenticeships Let’s unclutter the clutter around employing an apprentice! Have you ever had the same questions asked by clients time and time again? Maybe you’ve even thought ‘mmmmm I should write these down and share them with our community.’ Because, chances are if your... read more →
Changes to the general construction course (QLD White Card) effective 1 February 2019 Amidst industry concerns for the quality of general construction induction courses, The Queensland State Government has introduced changes to the QLD White Card course delivery from 1 February 2019. Given the course is a requirement for anyone... read more →
There isn’t a Tradie around who doesn’t know the “push through to Christmas” scenario. You and or your company are doing massive hours (which is great for the bank balance) in some cases working 6/7 days knowing that the Christmas shut down is coming. You’re getting more tired by the... read more →
If you’re already wishing it was the end of the holidays and it’s barely even week one, you may need some day trip ideas up your sleeve. Or even, if you’re doing okay so far but are just waiting for the endless barrage of I’m bored, What’s for dinner, Can... read more →
Say hello to David; one of our very own mature aged students They say there is no time like the present and David certainly lives up to this. An experienced tradie who, like so many before him, has years of experience but was never given the opportunity (or had the... read more →
Have you ever stopped to question why? Why did you have to go to uni? Why are some professions considered better than others? Why does society put more value on knowledge than skill? There are some many things we do in life without questioning. We simply do, what is expected... read more →
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 →
If you are a builder or tradesperson, based in Queensland, chances are you’ll need a builder’s licence. The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is Queensland’s industry regulator for Building Licences. While being compliant with building legislation is critical there are also a number of other benefits to obtaining a... read more →
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 →
Working in construction you will hear what seems like an infinite amount of Tradie sayings. All of which have been shortened in some way to barely represent what they actually mean. Some of them can be pretty crude and generally politically incorrect, but for the most part the rest are pretty amazing.... read more →
We’re all busy. We live and work in a world that is filled with constant demands that steal your time and attention. Which leaves us with little time to sit back and relax. Leading into holidays, every man and his dog seems to want a reno or extension done. The... read more →
The landscape of the learnt environment is always changing in response to how we prefer to digest information. Long gone are the days where paperback workbooks are the preferred choice for learners. Nowadays, we are innovating online learning platforms, creating simulated work environments and more. So here are the top... read more →
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 →
Invest in your training and advance your career Taking on any training to further your education and making the decision to commit to it can seem colossal. It’s like going to the gym; signing up is one thing, yet actually going and taking the required action is another. You know... read more →
Lifelong learning is the future and it's here now. From the industrial revolution to the creation of the iPhone and drones, technology has always changed the way we work. When you think about it the evolution of technology has been exponential - in the 1900’s we saw the car and... read more →
Say hello to Kara! Kara is a Tiling apprentice who has successfully completed her AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction with Foundation Training Australia. Kara started her course with aspirations to make it into the Construction industry (go, girl!). Her goal was simple, to gain practical experience in core skills... read more →
Many Australians today believe that vocational training graduates earn less than university graduates. This is simply not the case. According to the Perceptions Are Not Reality report, released by the Skilling Australia Foundation in 2017, the view that vocational education and trainig (VET) graduates earn less than university graduates is... read more →
The minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Michael Cash, has announced support for rural and regional businesses with an Apprentice wage subsidy trial starting 1 January 2019. What is the Australian Apprentice Wage subsidy? By offering financial support to employers, the Australian Apprentice Wage subsidy aims... read more →
We caught up with Finn, a graduate of FTA. Finn gained a Carpentry apprenticeship in Brisbane this year after completing his AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction with Foundation Training Australia. Finn started his course with the goal to learn new skills that he could apply across the many different trades... read more →
$200 Million Fund Committed to Infrastructure Development, Now Open The Australian Government has committed $200million in the 2018-19 budget for round three of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)1. The BBRF aims to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities through infrastructure investment. The fund invests in... read more →
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 →
1. The chance to be your best. When you start an apprenticeship, you’ll learn a skilled trade from a master craftsman. No matter which field you choose, an apprenticeship will let you work with someone who’s an expert and who will help you learn to be an expert too. You’ll... read more →
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 →
Industry Update The Queensland government has made amendments to the Building Regulation 2006 (The Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018 (QLD)). The new laws came into effect in Queensland from 1 October 2018, which now require building owners to register their building and complete a combustible cladding checklist.... read more →
Australia’s building boom is no secret and as the latest figures show employment in the industry has reached yet another high. Over the last four years, the industry has seen 156,000 construction jobs added to its headcount.1 No mean feat when you compare this to other industries. In fact, the... read more →
We are delighted to announce that Foundation Training Australia have been awarded funding through Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ Funding). This gives opportunity to employers, labourers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry to get qualified without the upfront costs. We have funded positions available across both Civil... read more →
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 →
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 →
It's all about choice! I’ve been in business and worked for a number businesses over the last 25 years which has delivered me many amazing opportunities and many challenges, I know we’ve all been there, right? It came to me like a slap across the face a few years ago... read more →
With the conclusion of National Skills Week (August, 27th to September 2nd, 2018) the message “Real Skills for Real Careers” as the focus for 2018. We're ecstatic to finally see a positive focus on the Vocational training sector. Vocational Education & Training or VET at it is commonly referred to, provides opportunities for... read more →
You've just arrived at your job site. The next words that come out of the Site Foreman's mouth are:- Site Foreman: "Hang on a sec mate, where’s your VOC ”? You: What do ya mean? I’m qualified buddy! Get out of my f&^king way, I’ve got work to do. Site... read more →
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 →
The top 3 things to consider before hiring an Apprentice In businesses where key personnel (owners, managers, recruiters) are involved in finding the right people and a proper onboarding process is followed, the results can be off the charts! Deciding to get an Apprentice, find the one that's right for your... read more →
We all talk about setting goals, but are you reviewing your goals regularly - are you even setting them??! When goals are written down you have a far greater rate of success in achieving them. WOW! So what are four quick steps in getting some traction with what you’re doing?-... read more →
It’s weird there are a lot of conversation about the down side of becoming a tradie.. because last we checked, making good money, working with your hands, easy entry point and you can travel with it, sounds awesome. We’ve all heard it, “finish high school and go to Uni”. This... read more →
I completed my Building and construction course. This course covered the essentials in building and construction but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I completed my Civil Construction Plant Operations course. This course covered the essentials in plant operations but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I am now Trade Qualified Tiler! This course covered the essentials in wall & floor tiling but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I completed my Civil Construction course! This course covered the advanced skills in Civil Construction but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I completed my Civil Construction Management course! This course covered the essentials in Civil Construction Management but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I completed my Work, Health and Safety course! This course covered the essentials in WHS but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I completed my Pipe Laying course! This course covered the essentials in civil construction pipe laying but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I completed my Surface Extraction course! This course covered the essentials in surface extraction operations but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I am now Trade Qualified Waterproofer! This course covered the essentials in construction waterproofing but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I am now Trade Qualified Painter! This course covered the essentials in painting and decorating but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I am now Trade Qualified Landscaper! This course covered the essentials in landscape construction but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I completed my Civil Construction course! This course covered the essentials in Civil Construction but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I completed my Work, Health and Safety course! This course covered the essentials in WHS but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I completed my Road Construction & Maintenance course! This course covered the essentials in Civil Construction but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I completed my Civil Construction Supervision course! This course covered the essentials in civil construction supervision but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I completed my Project Management course. This course covered the essentials in project management but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I completed my Building & Construction course. This course covered the essentials in building and construction but, you can find more info on what I studied here.
I am now Trade Qualified Carpenter! This course covered the essentials in carpentry but, you can find more info on what I studied here.