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Pre-Apprenticeship Program

HIA has partnered with the Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training QLD to deliver 30 Pre-Apprenticeship opportunities for aspiring apprentices and trainees.

Pre-Apprenticeship Program

HIA has partnered with the Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training QLD to deliver 30 Pre-Apprenticeship opportunities for aspiring apprentices and trainees.

Entering the building industry -
Pre-Apprentice opportunities

Diversity helps an industry thrive - we welcome you to apply for a paid 12 week program with a host employer and gain valuable experience for a thriving career in the building industry. The program commences 31 July 2023. 

Who should apply?

This employment opportunity supports entry-level participates of diverse backgrounds. We welcome mature-age students, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, people with disabilities, culturally and linguistically diverse peoples and other disadvantaged groups, to commence a career in the industry.

What will you achieve?

Successful applications will gain a CPC10120 Certificate I in Construction qualification, and on the job experience which will help you transition into working roles in the industry.

All apprentices and trainees will be provided with wrap-around services including:

  • Jobs Ready training
  • employability Skills
  • financial Literacy
  • work site Fitness 
  • nutrition
  • mentoring

Future job opportunities

After completing the program, there are a range of HIA apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities offered across QLD.

Apprenticeships include a wide range of trades including:

  • carpentry
  • bricklaying
  • tiling
  • cabinet making
  • electrical
  • plumbing

which usually take round 3-4 years to complete.

Traineeships include a range of office based administrative positions and usually take around 2 years to complete.

Successful applicants will be placed with host employers within the residential building industry.

Support for hosts

Host employers participating in the program will attract wage support payments for eligible participants, with HIA mentoring and support throughout to ensure successful completion.

Register your interest

  • Employ an apprentice or trainee
  • There's many benefits including increased skills in your workplace, loyal and committed workers, succession planning and you may be eligible for financial incentives.

  • Become an apprentice or trainee
  • Apprentices and trainees will earn a wage and gain on-the-job training and skills, and a nationally recognised qualification.

    Start your career with an apprenticeship in the building industry. Let us guide you through the process of becoming a qualified tradesperson - we will be with you every step of the way!

Eligibility information

Participant eligibility
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Participants must satisfy at least one of the following grounds of participant eligibility: 

  • Australian citizen living in Queensland;
  • Permanent resident of Australia living in Queensland;
  • New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland;
  • Refugee and Humanitarian Visa Holder living in Queensland; or
  • Temporary Visa Holder living in Queensland with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathways to permanent residency.

The following individuals are NOT eligible Participants for this Agreement: 

  • Secondary school students with exception of those that are considered 'at risk' of disengaging from school and approval for participation has been obtained from the Department;
  • Employees of government departments, government agencies and local councils with exception where approval for participant has been obtained from the Department.
  • All others that do not meet Participation Eligibility as per Item 6(a) of Appendix 2.

It will be the responsibility of the supplier to ensure that the residency and other eligibility criteria are met by the participants. Appropriate evidence must be retained with Participants' records to facilitate subsequent contract compliance audits. 

Participant group
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The approved Participant Group for this agreement is persons residing or living in Queensland who identify as belonging to at least one of the following groups:

  • Women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • People with disability
  • Culturally and Linguistically diverse people; or
  • Any other persons specified by the Department as eligible to be part of the Participant Group.  

Individuals aged 15 and over must be : 

  • Not yet capable of undertaking an apprenticeship due to an identified lack in required capability; or
  • requiring complementary services because they have significant barriers to learning and employment; or
  • otherwise seeking entry into a relevant industry.

The program commences 31 July 2023.

Register your interest

Personal details

HIA Traineeships 


Earn while you learn and start your career with a traineeship in the building industry. 

Find out what where we can take you.  

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