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Frequently asked questions

Can't find the information you're looking for? Check out our FAQs for all you need to know about becoming an apprentice with HIA.

Become a HIA apprentice questions

Do I need any qualifications?
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Formal academic qualifications aren’t required, but a Year 10 Certificate is generally considered to be a minimum. A vehicle licence and reliable transport is a must as most construction trade apprentices will move to different sites throughout their apprenticeship.

A Cert I or II in General Construction is highly regarded but not compulsory.

Will I have to study?
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Yes, an apprenticeship has two components – on-the-job (through which you learn practical skills) and off-the-job at a Trade School (through which you gain underlying knowledge).

You will need to enrol in a Trade School to get your Certificate III Trade Apprenticeship. Apprentices go to Trade School either once a week or in blocks subject to the Trade School’s structure.

How much will I earn?
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The amount you earn depends on the trade that you have chosen and award classification for that trade. The award lists the amount to be paid on an hourly basis and usually includes tool and special allowances. Apprentices can also claim a travel allowance.

Your pay rate will increase as you progress through your apprenticeship. When your apprenticeship ends, your wages will change in line with the appropriate rate for qualified workers in your trade.

What will I be doing?
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Most apprentices learn their trade by accruing on-the-job experience. Your employer will sit down with you and the Trade School and together agree on a training plan for you. The training plan will outline, among other things, the basic modules to be undertaken, the time it takes to complete them and the specific skills to be assessed.
Will I get a job?
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On completion of your apprenticeship you have some important options – such as continuing to work for your current employer, or changing jobs to work for someone new. Most apprentices become trade contractors.

As a HIA Apprentice HIA helps prepare you for running your own business throughout your apprenticeship. There are numerous courses available that will give you the skills to be a successful subcontractor.

The building and construction industry uses both manual and mental skills, so how you progress with your career after you finish your apprenticeship is limited only by your desire.

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