Building & Construction Trades

If you’d like to be hands-on, keep fit, work indoors and outdoors, and learn a skill that could take you all over Australia – then a building trade is ideal.

Learn from the best

The Gordon is the leader for building trade courses in regional Victoria, offering pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses in a variety of construction trades including:

Bricklaying  I  Carpentry  I  Cabinet Making  I  Joinery  I  Plastering (Wall and Ceiling)  I  Shopfitting

We also offer the Certificate IV in Building and Construction, if you’re a qualified tradesperson looking to prepare for builders' registration or move into supervisory roles.

Combine your TAFE and industry training

As an apprentice, you get the best of both worlds; learning on-the-job from your employer as well as from our specialist trainers at TAFE. Our campuses at East Geelong and Hoppers Crossing are home to world-class trade facilities with courses designed by industry bodies, to give you the latest skills and knowledge being used in your trade.

Are you an employer?

We support thousands of apprentices each year thanks to our flexible, practical and workplace-based approach to training.

We recognise that every business is different, and the need to have your apprentice on-site can change from week to week and from business to business. Our flexible approach to trade training allows either a small or substantial amount of on-campus training and assessment. This means programs can be tailored to meet the needs of you and your apprentices.

Scholarships available for building and construction students

Scholarships are available for our building and construction students; The Geelong Galvanizing Scholarship –  open to students enrolled in courses related to the galvanized steel industry, and The Shojun Concrete Scholarship – open to all students hoping to enter a career in the building industry.
Go to Course/Industry Specific Scholarships to see if you are eligible.


Career outcomes  

Salary range

Bricklayer $41,046 - $84,363
Cabinet maker $36,528 - $67,764
Joiner $39,707 - $73,705
Carpenter $41,155 - $91,820
Painter    $40,961 - $77,752
Plasterer $38,892 - $84,974

Source: payscale.com. Criteria based on Australian occupations AUD. Updated 21 May 2018.
Note: salaries are a guide only, and are dependent on a range of factors including your experience, employer, and location. 

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Profiles and Testimonials

“I work with Spence Construction in Colac who prefer to send all their apprentices to The Gordon.

As an apprentice, The Gordon has provided me with opportunities to work on specific skill development outside of my workplace. As a result, I have learnt a bunch of new skills, and had great experiences like the WorldSkills competitions. The facilities at The Gordon are more advanced and modern than the workplace and you get to work on different projects all the time, which makes it interesting.” 


Tom Neave
Certificate III in Joinery, 2016
Bronze medal winner, national Worldskills competition, 2016


"I chose cabinet making as a career path as I enjoyed woodwork during my school years. The Gordon taught me about hard work and the benefits that come with putting in that little bit extra, and I've been given the opportunity to travel around Australia and overseas to compete in national and international competitions. 

The teachers are passionate about what they teach, and have played a big role in what I was able to achieve throughout my apprenticeship. 

My career goal is to own my own business, specialising in custom pieces of wooden furniture and homewares. I am currently on track to also complete a Certificate IV in Small Business Management to help me step into the role of being a small business owner."


Kate Elstone
Certificate III in Cabinet Making, 2016


“I always enjoyed building, and seeing my friends learn the trade and enjoy their work inspired me to enter the industry. I took the first step by enrolling in a carpentry pre-apprenticeship at The Gordon. I knew this would give me the basic skills for the industry, and improve my chances of finding an employer. 

The Gordon facilities are excellent and the teachers all currently work in the industry so they are a great source of knowledge and knew exactly what we needed to learn. 

I’m now employed as a full-time apprentice with CC Home Improvements. The pre-apprenticeship gave me enough skills to take straight onto the job site and be confident in what I was able to do. I’m looking forward to completing my apprenticeship and becoming a fully qualified carpenter.” 

Corey Doyle
Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Pre-apprenticeship, 2015
Certificate III in Carpentry, 2016


Industry and Corporate Training

If you would like to book training for your organisation, please contact 5225 0800 to discuss your requirements.



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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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