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Frequently asked questions

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a structured program that usually runs for four years. On completion apprentices become qualified tradespeople. The training combines practical experience at work with complementary off-the-job training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and an employer such as HIA.

On completion of your apprenticeship you'll receive a nationally recognised qualification and a trade certificate.


Who are HIA Apprentices?

HIA Apprentices is a group training scheme that employs apprentices under an Apprenticeship Training Contract and places them with Host Trainers who are professional HIA members looking for an apprentice. HIA Apprentices looks after their apprentices by providing them with the following services:

  • Continuity of employment throughout the apprenticeship
  • Meeting the obligations of the employer/Host Trainer as outlined in the Apprenticeship/Traineeship Training Contract
  • Managing and monitoring the arrangements with the Host Trainer
  • Providing care and support throughout the apprenticeship.

Do I need any qualifications?

There are no formal academic requirements; however, the Year 10 Certificate is generally considered a minimum.


Will I have to study?

You will need to enrol in a Trade School to get your Certificate III Trade Apprenticeship. Apprentices usually go to Trade School at least once a week. Sometimes apprentices have blocks of training, such as a full week at trade school.


What do I get when I finish?

On successful completion of an apprenticeship you are eligible to receive a trade Certificate III qualification and will have gained valuable skills. You will then have the option of following a pathway to a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or professional qualification at university if you wish.


How much will I earn?

This depends on the award in your state. Each 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.
Each year, as you progress in your apprenticeship, your pay rate will increase.
When your apprenticeship ends, your wages will change to the appropriate rate for qualified workers in your occupation.


What will I be doing?

Most apprentices learn their trade through on the job experience. Your Host Trainer will sit down with you and the Trade School (which we help you enrol at) and together will devise a training plan which 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.

During your apprenticeship you will get advice and support from many people including your employer, workmates and trainers. HIA Apprentices will assist you throughout your apprenticeship. HIA cannot make you a quality tradesperson - that is up to you - but we will give you the tools for you to achieve your goal of becoming a qualified tradesperson.


What if I don’t like my boss. Can I change during my apprenticeship?

Yes. HIA will find you a replacement Host Trainer in such circumstances giving you the chance to find a better work relationship and also increase your experience.


Will I get a job?

On completion of your apprenticeship you have some important options - such as continuing to work for your current Host Trainer, or changing jobs to work for someone new. Most apprentices become trade contractors. HIA Apprentices help 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 sub-contractor.

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.


Can I do an apprenticeship through HIA in any state?

The HIA Apprentices Scheme is available in every state except Northern Territory and Tasmania.


How can I improve my chances of getting an apprenticeship with HIA Apprentices?

It helps to get some work experience for example working with family or friends on a construction project. This gives you hands-on experience and offers you some idea of whether you are going to like the work. It will also be a valuable addition to your resume and improve your chances of being offered an apprenticeship.


What happens once my apprenticeship is finished?

When you’ve successfully completed your apprenticeship there are a number of pathways you can take on your way to a rewarding career. You may like to stay working for the Host Trainer that HIA Apprentices has placed you with and if they agree you can become their employee. Or you might like to become a trade contractor and start your own business. Some people choose to go on to further education to complete courses from Certificate IV to bachelor level. Whichever path you choose HIA Apprentices will support you and even provide you with complimentary membership to HIA for one year to ensure that you continue to receive help, information and advice.