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HIA-CSQ Trade Ready Program

Be a part of something bigger, challenge yourself and get stuck in the action. Be ambitious. Be job ready.

HIA-CSQ Trade Ready Program

Be a part of something bigger, challenge yourself and get stuck in the action. Be ambitious. Be job ready.

Australia needs more builders, landscapers, carpenters, and qualified tradespeople – like you – who will stand the test of time. In an industry with no shortage of opportunity; start out in a Trade, dream big and work your way to the top.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) and Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) are partnering together to offer a Trade Ready Program as the first step in a career in the Building and Construction industry on the Gold Coast. Whether you are a young or mature age student, get a head start for your career in 6 weeks (3 weeks of face-to-face learning and 3 weeks work experience).

This pre-employment program will help you develop your skillset and experience, offering:

  • further job readiness and work preparation
  • selected construction short courses to build skills and employability
  • valuable industry-led work experience
  • successful participants have the opportunity to connect directly with employers. 

The building and construction industry is hands-on, fast-paced and where you’ll find some of your greatest mates.

What will I learn?
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  • Financial literacy
  • Workplace fitness 
  • Nutrition 
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Personal development 
  • How to gain employment 
  • Real world experience
Who is the program for?
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The program encourages young and mature age people to get the experience to join the Construction Industry.

How much is it?
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The program is fully funded by CSQ. This will include course fees and a Ready-for-Work Kit (safety glasses, hi vis shirts, ear muffs, voucher for safety boots and other PPE).

Eligibility requirements
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  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Permanently reside in Queensland
  • Not an apprentice or employed in the building and construction industry
  • Certificate I in Construction (Desirable)
  • Driver's Licence
  • Access to a vehicle
  • You may be required to submit a resume

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